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Saturday 26 July 2014

Microsoft Windows down through the years

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Windows 1
The first Windows version had a colour 16-bit interface and was less than 1MB in size.
Many of the basic programs we still have in today's systems were present in Windows 1.01. Paint was there, so was Notepad, Clipboard, and 'Write' a word processor similar to the modern 'Wordpad'. There was also a clock, calendar, control panel and a game called Reversi.
New versions of Windows 1.01 sprang up every year but the original interface continued to be supported by Microsoft for 16 years, until its withdrawal on December 31, 2001
Windows 2
The appearance of applications Excel and Word for Windows made Windows 2 more successful than its predecessors and introduced the ability to overlap windows and customise screens
Windows 7
Codenamed Blackcomb, Windows 7 came two years later. Focus was given to multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows shell with a new taskbar and a home networking system called HomeGroup

Ahead of the release of Microsoft Windows 8 we take a look at how operating system has evolved over the years

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