The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

Windows - is a series of operating systems of Microsoft, which has come a long way from the graphics add-in for MS-DOS to the most used operating system in the world. So, as of August 2014 is running Windows operating systems according to the resource NetMarketShare employed more than 91% of personal computers. As varied as the Windows for 30 years of its existence?

Windows 1.0

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

Where are the golden days when the only intermediary between the user and the computer has MS-DOS? Not that MS-DOS was so bad. Simply, it was a) understand not everyone, and b) capable of dealing with a limited number of tasks.

The beginning of work on the graphical user interface for MS-DOS was announced in 1983, and 20 November 1985 appeared OS Windows 1.0.

Users can run programs in multiple windows simultaneously, which saves them from having to close one application to open another.

Windows 2.0

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

Next version was already December 9, 1987. Has been improved graphics, icons appear on the desktop, and the user has the ability to use hotkeys.

Windows 3.0

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

May 22, 1990 Windows 3.0 began to emerge with the package Microsoft Office, which included Word, Excel and PowerPoint. And yes, there was a game "Minesweeper".

Windows NT 3.1

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

The next release, July 27, 1993, was designed for business users and for a long time was considered one of the most reliable operating system family.

the Windows 95

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

It is not clear why, but the real success was waiting for Microsoft August 24, 1995, when there was Windows 95. Users have learned what the "Start", Plug and Play, were able to name files almost like God put per capita (file name could contain up to 256 characters) and met with hitherto unprecedented operating system phenomenon - BSOD. Yes, this is it. Blue screen of death.

the Windows 98

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

Windows 98 appeared June 25, 1998. Members received utility Windows Update and a couple of nice buns like DVD and USB support. However, on Windows 98 moved almost exclusively violent experimenters and fans Microsoft: the rest were waiting for something special, that will change, if not the universe, or at least an idea of ​​the OS. And it came. And it was called Windows Millennium.

the Windows 2000 Professional

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

However, before this, the company rolled out the Windows 2000 Professional, which (remembering a successful Windows NT), many believe. Ten years on Windows 2000 Professional installed enthusiasts endless patches, but do not give up.

Windows Millennium

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

The long-awaited Windows Millennium was not that at all trash, just the OS is essentially the same as Windows 95, only multimedia and beautiful.

Windows XP

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

It may seem strange, but Windows XP, released October 25, 2001, according to web analytics Net Applications, was the most popular Windows operating system until 2011, when it was finally overtaken Windows 7. It was not only a clear and relatively stable, but also combines the convenience for the average user, and for the professional: because it was built on the basis of the NT family. Microsoft discontinued support for its only April 8, 2014.

Windows Vista

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

This OS Develop, apparently, some commando division of the company. Windows Vista was a beautiful and ... everything. On its merits it ended. In people's memory as a Windows Vista remains extremely unstable, buggy and slow.

the Windows 7

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

For Windows 7, there was virtually no questions. It was so good, as far as possible. After Microsoft focus with the interface Metro those, who have not yet renewed, happy to remain with Windows 7.

the Windows 8

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

Tiled Metro interface, according to many, is more suitable for mobile devices with a touch screen rather than for a typical computer. And if the main feature of Windows 95 was the blue screen of death, the most annoying feature of the "Group of Eight" - the absence of the "Start" button. Button back pretty quickly - in Windows 8.1. But the sediment, as they say, remained.

the Windows 10

The evolution of Windows for 30 years of existence

The first release of Windows 10 was held July 29, 2015. Latest test version was released a few days ago - August 28, 2015. Upgrade, according to at Microsoft, is completely free. However, could it is still far from everyone.