Microsoft Windows Timeline

Since its first release in 1985, Microsoft’s Windows operating system has seen numerous adjustments and quite a few major transformations. Now, over three decades later, the OS looks very different, but still somehow familiar, with staple features that have survived throughout the years, increased computing power, and – more recently – a shift from the mouse and keyboard to the touchscreen. Let’s take a brief look into the history of the world’s most ubiquitous operating system, from its birth to the latest arrivals on the market.

Microsoft Windows Timeline

The Microsoft Windows Timeline illustrates some of the most important releases in the history of the OS, from version 1.0, Windows 95 and the first mobile versions, to Windows 10 and Server 2016. As an interesting fact, Windows 1.0, Microsoft’s first graphical user interface, was received poorly by critics because they considered it too mouse-focused (the mouse was relatively new at the time). It was Windows 95, released a decade later, that truly managed to cement the company’s dominance in the computer industry.

The Windows chronology was created using Office Timeline, a PowerPoint add-in that helps users build impressive timelines, schedules and charts fast and easily. The free edition of the add-in can be used to quickly build and edit visuals for personal reference or academic presentations, while the Plus version comes with more sophisticated features and customization options, ideal for professional and business communications.

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