Not only we humans have birth days, everything around us has a time stamp embarked on them. Thirty years ago, when the tech world was welcoming series of major breakthroughs, Microsoft came out with something that powerful, which has apparently transfigured into heart of our computer systems in current time. Yes, Microsoft Windows was born this day 30 years ago.
When they set up Microsoft in 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen had plan that seemed impossible at the time, to put a computer in every home, at a time when computers for the general public did not exist.
Started off with Windows 1.0, Microsoft has come very far and has gotten better with every iteration. Stirred with 30 years of experience, Microsoft now powers 92 percent of devices globally.
On November 20, 1985, Microsoft unveiled its graphical operating system, Windows 1.0, and started to revolutionize how people used their computer systems.
Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. It included several useful programs for the general public such as Write, Paint, Notepad, Calculator, plus a clock and even a game.
Running Windows 1.0 required a PC running DOS 2.0 as well as two double-sided floppy disk drives, 256K of memory, and a new-fangled device known as a “graphics card.” Windows worked with some DOS apps, while others would just run in full-screen mode.
In just 2 years, Windows 1.0 sold 500,000 copies and was then replaced by version 2.0 in 1987. At a time when most of the world wasn’t fortunate enough to see a real computer system, 500,000 copies does sound big.
Windows 1.0 was then followed by Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and now Windows 10. And with every iteration, our systems felt more powerful.
Now it’s been 30 years since that day, and the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10, is a radically different beast. We have stepped into the world of connectivity. There’s hardly any hardware peripheral now that you cannot connect to your system running Windows 10.
Powerful programs, complex calculations, Artificial Intelligence and what not can you do in this operating system. Microsoft has even managed to power IoT devices, smartphones and a heck of other hardwares.
Notably, Microsoft apps Notepad and MS Paint are now Windows veterans, having made their debut three decades ago with the original version of the software.
I just wonder what great many things will Windows be able to do 10 years from now.