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[email protected]: Bill Gates released Windows 1.0 on Nov 20, 1985

In 1985, Bill Gates gave the world Windows 1.0. No one knew at the time what would become of Windows but looking back it’s quite incredible what it has become. Bill boasted about a graphical user interface, or as he called it then, the 16-bit graphical operating environment, was a step up for the computer industry. The feature list was long and distinguished for its time but seems trivial by today’s standard.

Regardless of what you think about Windows you can’t deny the fact that Windows has defined today’s modern computing. From Windows 1.0 to Windows 7 we all owe Microsoft a little due diligence. Hats off to you windows and enjoy your birthday 🙂

Windows 1.0 was a 16-bit graphical operating environment released on 20 November 1985. It was Microsoft’s first attempt to implement a multi-tasking graphical user interface-based operating environment on the PC platform. Windows 1.0 was the very first version of Windows launched. It was succeeded by Windows 2.0. Wikipedia

Here’re 20 facts about Windows 1.0:

  • Bill Gates wanted to call Windows 1.0 “Interface Manager.” Marketing exec Rowland Hanson persuaded him that Windows was a better name.
  • Microsoft began work on Interface Manager in 1981, though at that point, it lacked a GUI and many of the other features that would later come to be associated with Windows.
  • Early prototypes of Interface Manager used menus at the bottom of the screen, which was consistent with the UI of Word for DOS and some other popular DOS programs.[…]

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