Windows is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, operating system in existence today. Back in 1975, it was just a dream. Paul Allen and Bill Gates teamed up in a partnership they called Microsoft. Its goal was to find a computer in every home someday. In 1980, IBM asked the team to work on a project. In response they began to work on an operating system that uses software to work with a computer’s hardware. This was called MS-DOS. It’s inspirational, yet tricky for average computer users.
After some years of experimentation, Windows makes its debut on November 20, 1985. Instead of typing tricky commands, computer user now just need to point and click a mouse. It’s beautiful. As computer interactions became more popular, users required more memory so Windows 2 came out in 1987 offering users desktop icons and an expansion of memory. When windows were opened, they could overlap, and keyboard shortcuts came into play.
The years between 1990 and 1994 focused on virtual memory and better performances. Graphics took on a new dimension and people begin using Windows not only for work but for play as well. Between 1995 and 2001, Windows 95 headed into the world of the Internet with email, online applications, and plug and play capabilities. Gone were the days when computers were used solely for work. Now Windows was designed for the average home user offering enhancements for video and music usage.
In the year 2001, Windows XP came on the market, impressing users with its stability and usability. This is followed by Window Vista which was smart on security but disappointed users with its performance. By the latter end of the first decade in the 21st century, Windows was once again making a name for itself with Windows 7, which is noted primarily for its integration with the wireless world.