The Evolution of Windows

Submitted by: cobrakiller 6 years ago in Tech
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/evolution-of-microsoft-windows-1985-2009/

My family"s first windows based computer ran "95. I gotta say, things really haven"t changed all that much since then.
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Male 1,744
i was hoping for witty comment on each of the OS`s, supremely disappointed
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Female 177
Shut up computer hipsters....Replace all your computer talk with obscure band names.. You sound like douchebags
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Female 1,172
I played my Sesame Street games with DOS when I was a kid. :)
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Female 1,095
aww, I remember windows 95 :3 Fond memories.
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Male 15,832
I started with CP/M before I went to DOS. I used DOS 2.1 for quite while, then 3.0 (fair), 3.1 (good), 3.2 (sucked), and 3.3 (GREAT!). I used 3.3 for a long time. Then DOS 4, 5, and 6 before going straight to Win 3.1 (unless you count Aldus Pagemaker which came with a Win 1.0 runtime module).

Except for the servers, I`ve had, or at least used, every version of Win since then except (I`m proud say) ME and Vista.

Back in the 80`s there were a number of GUIs that were competing with Windows but lost out in the end. I had GEM (Graphics Environment Manager) from Digital Research, the original writers of CP/M and CP/M 86 which Bill Gates totally ripped off to create DOS. I also used Geoworks which wasn`t too bad, and Framework, which sucked. They weren`t so much operating environments as simply suites of applications that all worked together -- more or less. There was also Lotus Symphony, but I never used that.

DOS 3.3 and Win 2K were by far the best.
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Male 1,015
started with 3... I feel so old right now :/
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Male 1,505
My first comp was a Timex Sinclair. I feel really old right now. Oh wait...I am. Crap.
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Male 307
bah... I cut my teeth on DOS and programmed in dead languages such as COBOL, FORTRAN and PASCAL...

The first GUI I can remember experiencing was on Xerox systems.. but the first mainstream one was on a Commodore 64 called GEOS (Graphic Environment Operating System) - came on *two* 5 1/4" disks and took between six and ten minutes to load just so you could use a drawing program and a word processing program.

These weenies today can`t operate a computer without a GUI.
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Female 535
I`ve done tech support on everything from 3.0 up. It is insane how everything changed so quickly. My favorite system was a win 3.11 (over dos 6.2) system on a 486 running at 120 mhz with 24 megs of memory. I tripled a 40 mhz clock! I was so proud of that stupid thing. That system could outperform the pentiums that everybody else had running win95. God I was such a dork.
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Female 255
This looks like a very old article, stating that Windows7 SHOULD be out soon.
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Male 17,512
First time I seen windows was 2.03, then a few years later 3.1. Neither impressed me all that much back then.
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Male 2,033
I miss DOS somtimes.
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Male 247
I remember Windows 1.03, and waiting for 2 to come out. (overlapping windows! woohoo!)

And I remember X-Tree Gold before that...

And I remember the before time, in the long-long ago, when it was just a command prompt.

damn, now I feel old...
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Male 16
My school`s computers still run on Windows 2000

Now I feel poor =/

Man I AM poor
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Male 757
98!
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Male 965
I remember Windows 3.

Now I feel old =/
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Female 685
OMG Windows 3! I used that at work in 1990/91, man I AM old
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Male 25,417
I cant believe they forgot Windows CE. Its not complete without CE
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Male 3,076
windows 95 FTW!
XP meh not that bad
Vista SUCKS harder thant a ilegal prostitute
Windows 7 meh not that good, but nice to look at
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Male 359
I fought in the 8 bit wars.
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Female 3,562
I was using Windows 7 for a while and definitely enjoyed it. Now I`m stuck with an old computer with XP on it and I feel like I`m in the stone age.
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Male 4,680
Windows XP is ten years old this year... jesus christ I feel old.
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Male 1,548
Old article is old. Windows 8 has already been announced, slated to release Q4 2012. Also completely forgot Server 2008.
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Female 3,001
windows 95 was the shizzz!
but old article is old.
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Male 39,531
Windows 95 was the best.

It has gone steadily downhill since then.
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Male 336
needs an updated version.
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Female 269
>"windows 7 should be available sometime in 2009"
>how old is that article?

Apparently 2-3 years, I`d say. Interesting look, and boy did it bring back memories!
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Male 15,510
Ive using Windows since version 3.1. In those times it was all about DOS commands the most still
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Male 183
"windows 7 should be available sometime in 2009"

how old is that article?
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Male 7,811
Link: The Evolution of Windows [Rate Link] - My family`s first windows based computer ran `95. I gotta say, things really haven`t changed all that much since then.
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