Tactical Advice

A Visual History of the Windows OS [#Infographic]

Before you upgrade to Windows 8, take a look at how the operating system has transformed since Windows 1.0 launched in 1985.

The Windows operating system has made evolutionary leaps and bounds since Windows 1.0 launched in 1985.

Last week, Microsoft set its sights on reaching new heights with the launch of its latest version of the iconic OS, Windows 8. And so far, the company is off to a great start. CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the company has already sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades at Microsoft's annual Build conference.

The company's first few operating systems (Windows 1.0 - Windows 3.11) were once the epitome of innovation. They had everything consumers didn't know they needed: an analog clock, Paintbrush to create high-tech graphics, and innovative games, such as Reversi and Minesweeper. Yes, Minesweeper was a breakthrough in its heyday.

But Microsoft didn't find its true sweet spot until the trailblazing Windows 95. With this release, Windows transitioned from a 16-bit architecture to a 32-bit architecture, and users were introduced to Outlook Express and Internet Explorer, two programs still in use today.

Before you join the more than 4 million users who have upgraded to Windows 8 since last week's launch, view the infographic below to see where it all began.

History of Windows

Sign up for our e-newsletter

About the Author

Anuli Akanegbu

Anuli is a writer and new-media enthusiast who dreams about becoming the sixth Spice Girl. Until then follow her on Google+  or Twitter: @akaanuli.

Security

Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
Tools to Maintain Mobile Sec... |
Far-flung devices pose serious challenges, but a variety of technologies can help protect...

Storage

The New Backup Utility Proce... |
Just getting used to the Windows 8 workflow? Prepare for a change.
How to Perform Traditional W... |
With previous versions going unused, Microsoft radically reimagined the backup utility in...
5 Easy Ways to Build a Bette... |
While large enterprises have the resources of an entire IT department behind them, these...

Infrastructure Optimization

Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Ensure Uptime Is in Your Dat... |
Power and cooling solutions support disaster recovery and create cost savings and...
The Value of Converged Infra... |
Improvements in security, management and efficiency are just a few of the benefits CI can...

Networking

Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
How to Maximize WAN Bandwidt... |
Understand six common problems that plague wide area networks — and how to address them.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Mobile & Wireless

Now that Office for iPad Is... |
After waiting awhile for Microsoft’s productivity suite to arrive, professionals who use...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Hardware & Software

Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.
The Tools That Power Busines... |
Ever-evolving analytic software can greatly improve financial institutions’ decision-...
XP-iration Date: Today Is th... |
It’s officially lights out for Windows XP as an operating system. Here’s how the world is...