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AUGUST 1981
MS-DOS
Microsoft releases a new
operating system for IBM
called “MS-DOS,” which
stands for “Microsoft Disk
Operating System.”
1981
NOVEMBER 1985
WINDOWS 1.0-2.0
Features introduced: Mouse
point-and-click interface,
Microsoft Paint, Windows
Writer, Notepad, Calculator,
Calendar, Clock, and Games
(only one game: Reversi).
1985
DECEMBER 1987
WINDOWS 2.0
Features introduced: Desktop
icons, overlapping windows,
customizable screen layout,
keyboard shortcuts, and the
Control Panel.
1987
1988
1989
MAY 1988
WINDOWS 2.10
MAY 1990
WINDOWS 3.0
Features introduced:
Program Manager, File
Manager, Print Manager,
better performance,
advanced graphics with 16
colors, and improved icons.
1990
SEPTEMBER
1986
The Oprah Winfrey
Show first airs.
APRIL 1987
The Simpsons first airs
as a part of The Tracey
Ullman Show.
MARCH 1989
WINDOWS 2.11
NOVEMBER
1989
The Berlin Wall falls
as the Cold War
begins to thaw.
FEBRUARY 1990
Nelson Mandela is
released from prison after
27 years.
1991
The number of computers
on the Internet reaches 1M
as the net is made
available to unrestricted
commercial use.
DECEMBER 1990
Mikhail Gorbachev
receives the Nobel Peace
Prize for his efforts to
lessen Cold War tensions
and national reform.
JULY 1985
Back to the Future
comes out and Marty
McFly is sent back to
1955—which happens
to be when Bill Gates
was born!
Windows
A LOOK BACK THROUGH
1980
1992
APRIL 1992
WINDOWS 3.1
JULY 1993
WINDOWS NT 3.1
1993
NOVEMBER 1993
WINDOWS FOR
WORKGROUPS 3.11
1993
1993
NOVEMBER 1993
WINDOWS 3.2
SEPTEMBER 1994
WINDOWS NT 3.5
1994
AUGUST 1995
WINDOWS 95
Windows 95 is the most
publicized launch of
Microsoft yet, with a
commercial that features
the Rolling Stones singing
“Start Me Up” to highlight
the new Start Button.
Features introduced: Start
button, built-in Internet
support, dial-up
networking, plug-and-play
capabilities for software
installation, 32-bit operating
system, integrated
networking, taskbar,
minimize/maximize/close
buttons on each window,
first version of Internet
Explorer, and Microsoft
Flight Simulator is now
available for Windows.
1995
JUNE 1998
WINDOWS 98
Features introduced: Support
for reading DVDs and USB
devices, Quick Launch bar,
and a faster ability to open
and close windows.
1998
FEBRUARY 2000
WINDOWS 2000
Originally marketed as “the
most secure Windows
version ever,” it is the target
of several high-profile virus
attacks including Code Red
and Nimda.
2000
SEPTEMBER 2000
WINDOWS ME
Originally intended to work
with the Windows NT
kernel, it is instead rushed
to market—and often was
criticized for being buggy,
slow, and unstable. It is
shortly replaced by
Windows XP the next year.
2000
OCTOBER 2001
WINDOWS XP HOME
Features introduced:
Network Setup Wizard,
Windows Media Player,
Windows Movie Maker,
and enhanced digital
photo capabilities.
2001
APRIL 2005
WINDOWS XP
PROFESSIONAL X64
Windows XP Professional
focused on enhanced
reliability, security, and
performance.
Features introduced:
Remote desktop support,
encrypting file system,
system restore, advanced
networking features,
wireless 802.1x networking
support for mobile,
Windows Messenger, and
Remote Assistance.
2005
JANUARY 2007
WINDOWS VISTA
Security features are greatly
enhanced, and design is one
of Microsoft’s priorities as
well, featuring a new look for
the taskbar, borders around
windows, and a redesigned
Start button.
Features introduced: User
Account Control, BitLocker
Drive Encryption,
enhancements for Windows
Media Player to integrate
television viewing, photo
sharing, and video editing.
2007
OCTOBER 2009
WINDOWS 7
Features introduced:
Windows Touch (allows
touchscreen users to
browse the web, open files
and folders, and casually flip
through folders), multitouch
support, and HomeGroup
file sharing.
2009
OCTOBER 2012
WINDOWS 8
Designed to work with both
touchscreens and
mouse/keyboard, Windows
8 is completely reimagined,
from the chipset to the UX.
Features introduced:
Completely reimagined
operating system with a
new interface, Start screen
with tiles, and Windows
Store for app purchases.
2012
JULY 2015
WINDOWS 10
Windows 10 releases
with new features &
improvements.
2015
OCTOBER 2013
WINDOWS 8.1
2013
1994
Netscape Navigator is
the leading web browser.
1993
Intel introduces the Pentium
microprocessor, which will
power Windows computers
for the next 20 years.
SEPTEMBER 1994
The first episode of
Friends airs.
SEPTEMBER
1995
eBay is founded.
NOVEMBER
1995
Lynda.com is founded.
DECEMBER 1999
The impending Y2K bug
creates concerns that
computer systems
throughout the world will
fail. Very few problems
actually occur when the
clock strikes midnight on
12/31/1999.
JANUARY 2001
Wikipedia launches.
SEPTEMBER
1998
Google is founded, later
becoming one of the
biggest tech companies
in the world.
g
SEPTEMBER 2001
Terrorists attack the World
Trade Center towers and
the Pentagon.
JULY 2006
Twitter launches.
NOVEMBER 2008
Barack Obama becomes
the first African American to
be elected President of the
United States.
JUNE 2007
First iPhone releases.
MAY 2010
The US stock market
experiences a
trillion-dollar crash over
the course of
approximately 36 minutes.
DECEMBER 2012
Expected “End of the
World” according to the
Mayan Calendar
MARCH 2014
Ellen DeGeneres' "Oscar
selfie" becomes the most
retweeted photo of all
time, at 2.5 million shares.
SOURCE: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/history
SEE HOW FAR WINDOWS 10 HAS COME SINCE 1981.
www.lynda.com/windows10
2000
Thousands of dotcoms go
bust as the dotcom
bubble bursts.
WWW.

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A Look Back Through Windows

  • 1. AUGUST 1981 MS-DOS Microsoft releases a new operating system for IBM called “MS-DOS,” which stands for “Microsoft Disk Operating System.” 1981 NOVEMBER 1985 WINDOWS 1.0-2.0 Features introduced: Mouse point-and-click interface, Microsoft Paint, Windows Writer, Notepad, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, and Games (only one game: Reversi). 1985 DECEMBER 1987 WINDOWS 2.0 Features introduced: Desktop icons, overlapping windows, customizable screen layout, keyboard shortcuts, and the Control Panel. 1987 1988 1989 MAY 1988 WINDOWS 2.10 MAY 1990 WINDOWS 3.0 Features introduced: Program Manager, File Manager, Print Manager, better performance, advanced graphics with 16 colors, and improved icons. 1990 SEPTEMBER 1986 The Oprah Winfrey Show first airs. APRIL 1987 The Simpsons first airs as a part of The Tracey Ullman Show. MARCH 1989 WINDOWS 2.11 NOVEMBER 1989 The Berlin Wall falls as the Cold War begins to thaw. FEBRUARY 1990 Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years. 1991 The number of computers on the Internet reaches 1M as the net is made available to unrestricted commercial use. DECEMBER 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions and national reform. JULY 1985 Back to the Future comes out and Marty McFly is sent back to 1955—which happens to be when Bill Gates was born! Windows A LOOK BACK THROUGH 1980 1992 APRIL 1992 WINDOWS 3.1 JULY 1993 WINDOWS NT 3.1 1993 NOVEMBER 1993 WINDOWS FOR WORKGROUPS 3.11 1993 1993 NOVEMBER 1993 WINDOWS 3.2 SEPTEMBER 1994 WINDOWS NT 3.5 1994 AUGUST 1995 WINDOWS 95 Windows 95 is the most publicized launch of Microsoft yet, with a commercial that features the Rolling Stones singing “Start Me Up” to highlight the new Start Button. Features introduced: Start button, built-in Internet support, dial-up networking, plug-and-play capabilities for software installation, 32-bit operating system, integrated networking, taskbar, minimize/maximize/close buttons on each window, first version of Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available for Windows. 1995 JUNE 1998 WINDOWS 98 Features introduced: Support for reading DVDs and USB devices, Quick Launch bar, and a faster ability to open and close windows. 1998 FEBRUARY 2000 WINDOWS 2000 Originally marketed as “the most secure Windows version ever,” it is the target of several high-profile virus attacks including Code Red and Nimda. 2000 SEPTEMBER 2000 WINDOWS ME Originally intended to work with the Windows NT kernel, it is instead rushed to market—and often was criticized for being buggy, slow, and unstable. It is shortly replaced by Windows XP the next year. 2000 OCTOBER 2001 WINDOWS XP HOME Features introduced: Network Setup Wizard, Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, and enhanced digital photo capabilities. 2001 APRIL 2005 WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL X64 Windows XP Professional focused on enhanced reliability, security, and performance. Features introduced: Remote desktop support, encrypting file system, system restore, advanced networking features, wireless 802.1x networking support for mobile, Windows Messenger, and Remote Assistance. 2005 JANUARY 2007 WINDOWS VISTA Security features are greatly enhanced, and design is one of Microsoft’s priorities as well, featuring a new look for the taskbar, borders around windows, and a redesigned Start button. Features introduced: User Account Control, BitLocker Drive Encryption, enhancements for Windows Media Player to integrate television viewing, photo sharing, and video editing. 2007 OCTOBER 2009 WINDOWS 7 Features introduced: Windows Touch (allows touchscreen users to browse the web, open files and folders, and casually flip through folders), multitouch support, and HomeGroup file sharing. 2009 OCTOBER 2012 WINDOWS 8 Designed to work with both touchscreens and mouse/keyboard, Windows 8 is completely reimagined, from the chipset to the UX. Features introduced: Completely reimagined operating system with a new interface, Start screen with tiles, and Windows Store for app purchases. 2012 JULY 2015 WINDOWS 10 Windows 10 releases with new features & improvements. 2015 OCTOBER 2013 WINDOWS 8.1 2013 1994 Netscape Navigator is the leading web browser. 1993 Intel introduces the Pentium microprocessor, which will power Windows computers for the next 20 years. SEPTEMBER 1994 The first episode of Friends airs. SEPTEMBER 1995 eBay is founded. NOVEMBER 1995 Lynda.com is founded. DECEMBER 1999 The impending Y2K bug creates concerns that computer systems throughout the world will fail. Very few problems actually occur when the clock strikes midnight on 12/31/1999. JANUARY 2001 Wikipedia launches. SEPTEMBER 1998 Google is founded, later becoming one of the biggest tech companies in the world. g SEPTEMBER 2001 Terrorists attack the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. JULY 2006 Twitter launches. NOVEMBER 2008 Barack Obama becomes the first African American to be elected President of the United States. JUNE 2007 First iPhone releases. MAY 2010 The US stock market experiences a trillion-dollar crash over the course of approximately 36 minutes. DECEMBER 2012 Expected “End of the World” according to the Mayan Calendar MARCH 2014 Ellen DeGeneres' "Oscar selfie" becomes the most retweeted photo of all time, at 2.5 million shares. SOURCE: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/history SEE HOW FAR WINDOWS 10 HAS COME SINCE 1981. www.lynda.com/windows10 2000 Thousands of dotcoms go bust as the dotcom bubble bursts. WWW.