Since Microsoft first created Windows, the operating system and computing world has progressed further than we could have imagined over 20 years ago.
Here’s a nostalgic timeline of Microsoft’s operating systems.
Microsoft’s Operating Systems before Windows:
Xenix (Late 1970s) – Unix-based operating system by Microsoft and AT&T.
MS-DOS (Early 1980s) – The main precursor that Windows evolved from.
The Birth of Windows:
Windows 1.0 (1985)
Windows 2.0 (1987)
Windows 3.0 (1990)
Third major release and rival to Apple Macintosh and Commodore Amiga. Featured significantly revamped GUI. Was the last version of Windows to advertise 100% backwards compatibility with older Windows applications.
Windows 3.1 (1992)
Windows NT 3.1 (1993)
Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 (1994)
Windows 95 (1995)
Windows 98 (1998)
Windows 2000 (2000)
Marketed as the most secure Windows version ever, Windows 2000 was a continuation of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It featured many improvements and new features like Internet Explorer 5.