Windows 10: Windows turns 30: a visual history

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  1. Cluster Head's Avatar
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       19 Nov 2015 #1

    Windows turns 30: a visual history

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    The PC revolution started off life 30 years ago this week. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today. While Windows 10 doesn’t look anything like Windows 1.0, it still has many of its original fundamentals like scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and apps like Notepad and MS paint.

    Windows 1.0 also set the stage for the mouse. If you used MS-DOS then you could only type in commands, but with Windows 1.0 you picked up a mouse and moved windows around by pointing and clicking. Alongside the original Macintosh, the mouse completely changed the way consumers interacted with computers. At the time, many complained that Windows 1.0 focused far too much on mouse interaction instead of keyboard commands. Microsoft's first version of Windows might not have been well received, but it kick-started a battle between Apple, IBM, and Microsoft to provide computing to the masses.
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  2.    19 Nov 2015 #1

    I remember all the complaints when Windows first came out, I think all the same people are still complaining now, some things never change.
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  3.    19 Nov 2015 #2

    Can anyone remember using a runtime version of Windows?
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  4. Fafhrd's Avatar
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       20 Nov 2015 #3

    I can remember having a demo of Windows v1, on a couple of 5.25" floppies, but I learnt to use Windows 2 as a "mature student" (aged 38) on my Information Studies MSc. course in 1989/90 at Sheffield University. I wrote my dissertation using Paintbrush, Write, MS Word for DOS and Mac, carrying data as Word documents on both 5.25" and 3.5" floppies between the Information Studies Dept. and the Computing Centre - networking was limited to a few academic online data services and the library catalog, and the printing was queued to a central print server. I don't even remember using email at that time.

    Windows 3.0 came out that year.

    Windows was not a serious OS then, just a program that gave a graphical interface that ran on DOS, and supported a few Windows applications - which were almost all from Microsoft, very few, if any, from 3rd party software houses.

    The PCs we used were mostly Opus and Viglen 286 or 386 machines with monochrome amber screens. The Macs had tiny inbuilt Colour screens.

    Printing was mostly done on noisy Epson Dot-Matrix printers on fanfold paper. The computer centre had a Hewlett Packard laserjet. You were lucky if the PCs had 20 or 30 MB hard disks. At about £1.5K, I couldn't afford my own PC yet.

    By 1992 Windows 3.1 was supplied on almost all domestic personal computers direct from the Manufacturers, Colour Monitors and up to 4 MB of RAM was standard. Networking was proliferating, mainly with Novell Netware. With Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in 1993, and NT 3.1, networks became available for all. Over the next couple of years, CompuServe and AOL meant that anyone could get online if they had a serial port, a modem and a telephone line, and it all mushroomed from there.

    3.1 is still alive and just kicking apparently:

    Windows 3.1 Is Still Alive, And It Just Killed a French Airport | VICE News

    (I think this may be NTv3.1 though, hard to tell)
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  5.    20 Nov 2015 #4

    This thread - just shows OUR age..
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  6. hTconeM9user's Avatar
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       20 Nov 2015 #5

    Kyhi said: View Post
    This thread - just shows OUR age..
    Too right those were the days
    the ones today don't know how lucky we all are
    windows 10 is a god send lol
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  7. Posts : 710
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       20 Nov 2015 #6

    I was turning 8 years old in 1985 I don't even think I knew what windows 1.0 was back then.
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  8.    20 Nov 2015 #7

    Thanks, that is sooo cool.
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  9. Cliff S's Avatar
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       20 Nov 2015 #8

    Still want your control panel?
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  10. strollin's Avatar
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       20 Nov 2015 #9

    I remember booting up a copy of Windows 1.0 and thinking how useless it was. I didn't have any actual Windows applications like Word so there was only the built-in apps like Notepad and Paint and I had better DOS based versions of them.

    I agree with hTcloneM9user that younger users don't realize how lucky we are these days compared to back then. Word for Windows (Office didn't exist yet) was priced at around $300 and didn't have near the capabilities of modern Word. There were no free alternative compatible packages such as LibreOffice, there were alternative commercial programs and there were some shareware alternatives.
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