Microsoft unveiled the new operating system on 10 November 1983 -- but how did Windows take over the offices, schools and homes of almost every computer user in the world and make Bill Gates the richest man in the world?
11 November 2013 10:51 am GMT
Caption by: Rich Trenholm
Version 1.0 came with the legendary art software Paint, as well as Windows Writer and Notepad.
A calculator, calendar, card file and clock helped you manage your 1980s Filofax.
You could even play a game, the strategy board game Reversi, seen here on the top left.
Uh-oh! The precursor to the stop error screen, which became known as the 'Blue Screen of Death'.
In 1987, Windows 2.0 came with the same applications, but you could now resize and overlap windows. Control panel and keyboard shortcuts were also new.
With improved icons, a whopping 16 colours, and classic time-wasters Solitaire, Hearts and Minesweeper all included in version 3.0, modern Windows started to take shape.
In Windows 3.0 you could change the background to display a pattern or bitmap image. The new Windows Paintbrush supported BMP and PCX files.
Version 3.1 added Apple's TrueType fonts, based on a scaleable outline, or glyph, rather than blocky pixels.
Windows For Workgroups included Microsoft Mail, which could send email via PostOffice to other users on a network.
The background and themes could be personalised if you had decent graphics kit.
A version of Windows 3.0 included Multimedia Extensions, including the Music Box CD player and a Sound Recorder.
Windows 3.2 was only released in China.
The control panel.
Windows 95 arrived in 1995.
The new Start menu was heralded by the famous -- and enormously expensive -- use of the Rolling Stones' Start Me Up.
Subtle 3D effects and gradients were added to the look in 1995.
Clippy appeared in Microsoft Office between 1997 and 2003. His real name is Clippit. Kill it! Kill it with fire!
Ouch. This is how things went bad in the old days.
You could embed a website in your Windows 98 desktop, complete with clickable links.
Look -- it's the verdant rolling hills and comforting blue skies of Windows XP.
XP required users to activate their copy with a 50-number code over the Web. Couldn't be simpler!
When you searched for something, Microsoft sent in Rover Retriever, the star of Microsoft BOB -- an unsucessful program that represented your desktop as the inside of a house.
On XP, you can change themes. Pretty.
Uh-oh! We've all been there.
In 2006, Vista introduced all manner of fancy 3D effects including the Aero interface and Flip 3D.
In 2009, Windows 7 arrived in a blaze of confusion.
Windows 7 supported multitouch on the screen of your PC, letting you zoom, rotate and navigate with your greasy fingers.
Windows 8 comes with a dramatic new look: colourful boxes on the home screen for each app, called Live Tiles.
You can customise your home screen with your favourite apps and widgets.
The touch-friendly Live Tiles are great for tablets, so Microsoft is launching its own slate, the Surface, alongside Windows 8.
Windows 8.1 reinstated some of the more traditional elements of Windows, like a Start button.
Microsoft unveiled the follow-up to its Windows 8 operating system, which will be known as Windows 10, on September 30, 2014.
Old is new again with the Windows 10 Start menu.
11 November 2013 10:51 am GMT
Photo by: Nick Statt/CNET
/ Caption by: Rich Trenholm
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