The Progression of Microsoft Windows

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A lot of people today have no idea of the progression of Microsof company Windows. Today we have seamlessly moving, semi-transparent windows that glide across the screen with remarkable feel and level of responsiveness. However, this is not invariably the case. In this article I’d like to take you back to some of the original Microsof company Operating systems and how they paved way for the precessing world even as know it today.

In the beginning

In the 1970’s people used typewriters to create documents. Microcomputer’s existed but no place did you see them in the workplace. In fact, very few people had even heard of them. However two talented men, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, set out to change all the.

In early 1975 Allen and Gates partnered up and created a small company called Microsof company. Shortly after in 1980, IBM contacted Allen and Gates to create a new computer itself that would control the hardware side of a computer as well as offer a software layer for software programs. This computer itself was later named MS-DOS. Though MS-DOS was effective it was hard for some users to use due to its long and sometimes cryptic directions.

Windows 1. 0, 2. 0 & 3. 0

Later in 1985 Microsof company releases Windows 1. 0 which offers a graphic user interface (GUI) rather than the original DOS directions of its precursor. Following that, Windows 2. 0 hits the shelves. The upgrade took good thing about the new Intel 386 processors and its memory management capabilities. Microsof company would then go own to produce Windows 3. 0 which introduced new features like File Manager and Print Manager. It was also considerably faster and would go on to out sell all of its original versions.

Windows NT

Windows NT did not uncover from its older littermates. Microsof company set out to design a new computer itself from scratch. Their answer was Windows NT. Of the enhancements most notable is its power to operate at 32 bit. Unlike the other 16 bit operating systems of the past, operating at 32 bit allowed engineers and scientist to take development to new programs.

Windows 95

In 1995 Microsof company released Windows 95 which went on to sell seven million copies in five weeks. Windows 95 was released at the dawn of the internet and hit the shelves ready. It boasted dial-up support for networking allowing users to access email and browse the world wide web. Windows 95 also included a new feature called Plug and Play which made installing hardware and software a breeze. This is also the time we are introduced to your beloved start menu and taskbar.

Windows 98

Windows 98 was developed as an upgrade to Windows 95. It offered better performance and quick launch bar. It was also the first Windows computer itself that offered support for DVD drives and UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS devices. Windows 98 was the last computer itself based of MS-DOS.

Windows ME

Designed for home use instead of business, Windows ME offered better media support as well as network enhancements making it easier for user setup. It also introduced the system Restore which allowed you to roll back your personal machine state to a previous time. Windows ME was also the last of the Windows 95 core code. All future versions of Windows would be based off of Windows NT.

Windows 2000

In 2000, Microsof company set out to replace all earlier business computers with its new version, Windows 2000. Basically an enhanced Windows NT, Windows 2000 offered better support for UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS, Firewire and other technologies.

Windows xp

Windows xp was a usability landmark for Microsof company. The menus became much more intuitive, and made navigation a synch. It offered the network wizard to assist with connection your home network. It also greatly improved on its media programs. Windows xp shipped in several different forms: Home Edition, Professional, 64-bit(the first 64-bit system from Microsoft), Media Center Edition and XP Product PC Edition.

Windows Windows vista

At this point security was largely a concern in the precessing world. To answer the call Windows Windows vista was introduced with the most potent security system yet. User Account Controls are introduced to add an additional layer of security along with new disk encryption methods. The user software also changed significantly with its start button makeover.

Windows 7

By the time Windows 7 makes its debut the wireless world is thriving. Notebook computers far out sell traditional personal computers. With the reality of the mobile computer, Windows 7 adds the ability to configure multiple networks for home, work or public hot spots allowing users to manage security settings based on the network they are powering. It also makes improvements from Windows Vista’s user interface and media management tools.

About the Author
Cory Clough is a web programmer and developer for many first class websites and has worked on several visible projects. He enjoys playing guitar and the outdoors.

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