William Henry Gates III - BILL GATES (born October 28,
1955) is an American programmer, inventor, And
Gates is the former chief executive and current
chairman of Microsoft , the world’s largest personalcomputer software company. ( Co – Founded with Paul
He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest
people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to
During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions
of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the
largest individual shareholder.
Microsoft Corporation is an
American multinational software corporation
headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
That develops, manufactures, licenses, and
supports a wide range of products and services
related to computing.
The company was founded on April 4, 1975.
Microsoft is the world's largest software
maker measured by revenues.
It is also one of the world's most valuable
is a consumer-oriented graphical user interfacebased operating system.
It was released on August 24, 1995 by Microsoft,
and was a significant progression from the
company's previous Windows products.
During development it was referred to as Windows
4.0 or by the internal codename Chicago.
Windows 95 was intended to integrate Microsoft's
formerly separate MS-DOS and Windows products
It features significant improvements over its
predecessor, Windows 3.1, most visibly in the
graphical user interface (GUI).
There were also major changes made at lower levels
of the operating system.
In the marketplace, Windows 95 was a major
success, and within a year or two of its release
had become the most successful operating
system ever produced.
It also had the effect of driving other major
players in the DOS-compatible operating
system out of business.
Some three years after introduction, Windows
95 was succeeded by Windows 98
The basic elements of the interface introduced
in Windows 95 -- including the taskbar, Start
button and menu, and the Windows Explorer
file manager -- remain fundamentally
unchanged in later versions of Windows
is a graphical operating system
25 June 1998 by Microsoft
successor to Windows 95
improved USB support
the replacement of Internet Explorer 4.0 with
Internet Explorer 5.0.
included Internet Connection Sharing
include Microsoft NetMeeting 3.0
integrated support for DVD-ROM drives.
Another first appearance is the Quick Launch
bar, which lets you run programs without
having to browse the Start menu or look for
them on the desktop.
Windows 98 is the last version based on
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.
Major improvements in reliability, ease of use,
Internet compatibility, and support for mobile
Simplifies hardware installation by adding support
for a wide variety of new Plug and Play hardware,
including advanced networking and wireless
products, USB devices, IEEE 1394 devices, and
On October 25, 2001,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
It’s both fast and stable.
Navigating the Start menu, taskbar, and Control Panel
are more intuitive.
Awareness of computer viruses and hackers increases,
but fears are to a certain extent calmed by the online
delivery of security updates.
Consumers begin to understand warnings about
suspicious attachments and viruses. There’s more
emphasis on Help and Support
Brings the solid foundation of Windows 2000 to
the PC desktop, enhancing reliability, security, and
With a fresh visual design
includes features for business and advanced
home computing, including remote desktop
support, an encrypting file system, and system
restore and advanced networking features.
Key enhancements for mobile users include wireless
802.1x networking support, Windows Messenger, and
A latest operating
system by Microsoft
to utilize the
speed and storage
capacity of an
Vista released in Jan 2007
XP release in Oct 2001
Vista released after 5 years of XP
Vista development started before release of XP
Longhorn: before July 2005 Vista was Longhorn
Improve the state of security in the Windows
Increase level of communication
Maximum utilization of a system resources
Updated GUI & Visual Styles
Improved Searching Features
New Way of Digital Entertainment (DVD Creator,
Media Center, Media Player 11 etc)
Redesigned printing, audio, networking and display
Windows Meeting Space
Speech Recognition (Accessibility)
Backup and Restore Center
Shadow Copy automatically
BitLocker Drive Encryption
.Net framework Version 3
Windows Vista had cost 6 billion dollars to
• High system requirements
• More restrictive licensing terms
• New DRM (Digital Rights Management)
• Lack of compatibility with certain pre-Vista
hardware and software
Microsoft Windows runs on roughly 90% of all
Windows 7, the most recent version of
Windows, provides a high-quality graphical
user experience that supports all types of
computer activities from business
applications to video games and media
Windows 7 provides high quality graphical
user experience that supports all types of
Available in different computing needs
◦ Windows 7 Home Premium
◦ Windows 7 Professional
◦ Windows 7 Ultimate
Taskbar – Bigger
Jump Lists –
provide a way to
emails right as
you hover over
the icon for
Snap – Way to
dragging them to
the edge of the
Peek – like x-ray
vision to see
through all open
windows to the
Shake – clear view
by shaking front
◦ Now you wont have to go looking through your start menu to
find what you need. Simply type it in the search bar and it
External Hard Drive
◦ With Windows XP you needed a third party to help you back up
your data. Now you just plug in your external hard drive and
an option to “Use this drive for backup” shows up in auto play.
Bringing together information from different
◦ External Hard Drive
◦ Home Computer
◦ Work Laptop
Files will remain in original places but can be
put together so they can be worked on
Windows categorizes everything into libraries
such as Documents, Mixed Media, Images,
Music, and Videos.
◦ Before everything you worked on got added to my
documents, whether it was music, pictures, or essays.
◦ Now, Windows 7 automatically files everything where
it needs to be, making it easier to search for things in
Marketing Campaign –
◦ “Windows 7 was My Idea”
Improved the ability of having the computer
come out of sleep and resume quickly
Modified Shut Down Action
Word Pad’s Facelift
Sticky Notes Everywhere
Windows Vault to store your credentials
Calculators for everyone (Standard, Scientific,
Action Center – Maintenance and Security
◦ All in one for updates
◦ No more pop ups from different programs
◦ Set time limits
◦ Control what games they can play
◦ Windows Live Family Safety
Best operating system by Microsoft up to
Taskbar & Jump List
Better security and interface
Better integration with hardware
Upgrading won’t screw you over
Automatically Installed Device Drivers
It just looks better
Windows 8 is a personal computer operating
system developed by Microsoft as part
of Windows NT family of operating systems.
Development of Windows 8 started before the
release of its predecessor, Windows 7, in 2009.
these changes included a touchoptimized Windows shell based on
Microsoft's "Metro" design language, the Start
screen (which displays programs and dynamically
updated content on a grid of tiles), a new
platform for developing apps with an emphasis
on touchscreen input, integration with online
services (including the ability to sync apps and
settings between devices),
and Windows Store, an online store for
downloading and purchasing new software.
Windows 8 added support for USB
3.0, Advanced Format hard drives, near field
communications, and cloud computing.
Additional security features were introduced,
such as built-in antivirus software, integration
with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing
filtering service and support for UEFI Secure
Boot on supported devices with UEFI firmware,
to prevent malware from infecting the boot
Several notable features have been removed in
Windows 8, beginning with the traditional Start
menu. Support for playing DVD-Video has been
removed from Windows Media Player due to the
cost of licensing the necessary decoders and the
prevalence of streaming services such as Netflix.
For the same reasons,Windows Media Center is
not included by default on Windows 8.
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