Timeline of Microsoft Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 1.0

    Microsoft Windows 1.0
    It runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation,providing an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software. Its development was spearheaded by the company founder, Bill Gates, after seeing a demo of a similar software suite known as Visi On at COMDEX. It was recieved poorly by critics and was said it put too emphasis on mouse input at a time.
  • Microsoft Windows 2.0

    Microsoft Windows 2.0
    It has desktop icons and expanded memory. With improved graphics support, you can now overlap windows, control the screen layout, and use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your work. Some software developers write their first Windows–based programs for this release.It's designed for Intel 286 processor.
  • Windows 3.0

    Windows 3.0
    Microsoft announces Windows 3.0, followed shortly by Windows 3.1 in 1992. Taken together, they sell 10 million copies in their first two years, making this the most widely used Windows operating system yet. The scale of this success causes Microsoft to revise earlier plans. Virtual Memory improves visual graphics. In 1990 Windows starts to look like the versions to come.
    Windows now has significantly better performance, advanced graphics with 16 colors, and improve
  • Windows 3.11

    Windows 3.11
    It did not add any feature improvements over Windows 3.1; it only corrected problems. Microsoft replaced all retail versions of Windows 3.1 with Windows 3.11 and provided a free upgrade via their web site to anyone who currently owned Windows 3.
  • Windows 95

    Windows 95
    Microsoft releases Windows 95, selling a record-setting 7 million copies in the first five weeks. It’s the most publicized launch Microsoft has ever taken on. Windows 95 has built-in Internet support, dial-up networking, and new Plug and Play capabilities that make it easy to install hardware and software. The 32-bit operating system also offers enhanced multimedia capabilities, more powerful features for mobile computing, and integrated networking.
  • Windows NT 4.0

    Windows NT 4.0
    Windows NT 4.0 is a preemptively multitasked,graphical operating system, designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor computers. It was part of Microsoft's Windows NT line of operating systems.t also includes most applications introduced with Windows 95. Internally, Windows NT 4.0 was known as the Shell Update Release (SUR).Various administrative tools, notably User Manager for Domains, Server Manager and Domain Name Service Manager have improved graphical user inte
  • Windows 98

    Windows 98
    Windows 98 is the first version of Windows designed specifically for consumers. PCs are common at work and home, and Internet cafes where you can get online are popping up. Windows 98 is described as an operating system that “Works Better, Plays Better. Other improvements include the ability to open and close programs more quickly, and support for reading DVD discs and universal.Windows XP has many additions to it.
  • Windows 98 SE

    Windows 98 SE
    It includes fixes for many minor issues, improved WDM audio and modem support, improved USB support, the replacement of Internet Explorer 4.0 with Internet Explorer 5.0, Web Folders (WebDAV namespace extension for Windows Explorer),and related shell updates.Other features in the update include DirectX 6.1 which introduced major improvements to DirectSound and the introduction of DirectMusic, improvements to Asynchronous Transfer Mode support (IP/ATM, PPP/ATM and WinSock 2/ATM support),
  • Windows 2000

    Windows 2000 is an operating system for use on both client and server computers. It was produced by Microsoft and released to manufacturing on December 15, 1999 and launched to retail on February 17, 2000.More than just the upgrade to Windows NT Workstation 4.0, Windows 2000 Professional is designed to replace Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 on all business desktops and laptops. Built on top of the proven Windows NT Workstation 4.0 code base, Windows 2000 adds major improv
  • Windows XP

    Windows XP
    Windows XP is released with a redesigned look and feel that's centered on usability and a unified Help and Support services center. It’s available in 25 languages. From the mid-1970s until the release of Windows XP, about 1 billion PCs have been shipped worldwide.For Microsoft, Windows XP will become one of its best-selling products in the coming years. It’s both fast and stable. Navigating the Start menu, taskbar, and Control Panel are more intuitive.
  • Windows Vista

    Windows Vista
    Windows Vista is released in 2006 with the strongest security system yet. User Account Control helps prevent potentially harmful software from making changes to your computer. In Windows Vista Ultimate, BitLocker Drive Encryption provides better data protection for your computer, as laptop sales and security needs increase. Windows Vista also features enhancements to Windows Media Player as more and more people come to see their PCs as central locations for digital media. Here you can watch tele
  • Windows 7

    Windows 7
    Windows 7 is released for the wireless world of the late 2000s. Laptops are outselling desktops, and it's become common to connect to public wireless hotspots in coffee shops and private networks in the home.Windows 7 includes new ways to work with windows—like Snap, Peek, and Shake—that improves functionality and makes the interface more fun to use. It also marks the debut of Windows Touch, which lets touchscreen users browse the web, flip through photos, and open files and folders.
  • Windows Server 12

    Windows Server 12
    Unlike its predecessor, Windows Server 2012 can switch between "Server Core" and "Server with a GUI" installation options without a full reinstallation. Server Core - an option with a command-line interface only - is now the recommended configuration. There is also a third installation option that allows some GUI elements such as MMC and Server Manager to run, but without the normal desktop, shell or default programs like File Explorer
  • Windows 8

    Windows 8
    Windows 8 features a Start screen with tiles that connect to people, files, apps, and websites. Apps are front and center, with access to a new place to get apps—the Windows Store—built right in to the Start screen.Windows 8 also adds native support for USB 3.0 devices, which allow for faster data transfers and improved power management with compatible devices,and hard disk 4KB Advanced Format support, as well as support for near field communication to facilitate sharing and communi
  • Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1
    Windows 8.1 advances the Windows 8 vision of providing a powerful collection of apps and cloud connectivity on great devices; it’s everything people loved about Windows 8, plus some enhancements.Windows 8.1 includes new and improved features like Workplace Join and Work Folders that enable Windows devices to connect more easily to corporate resources.
  • Windows 10

    Windows 10
    Microsoft makes early versions of the operating system available to enthusiasts via the Windows Insider Program, inviting customers to contribute to the development and future of Windows 10. Devices worldwide are super‑connected and sharing content at incomparable speeds, and Windows 10 works to make that collaboration seamless and delightful.
    The Windows Insider Program plays an important part in making Windows 10 great.