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Microsoft Windows was launched 28 years ago today, and here’s how it looked

On this day in 1985, your desktop looked like this.

THE VERY FIRST version of Microsoft Windows was launched upon the world’s office workers 28 years ago today.

Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985 as one of the first graphical interfaces on PCs. Here’s how your desktop would have looked back then:

Source: Wikipedia, used with permission from Microsoft

SO much slicker than MS-DOS. Also, check out Red getting slaughtered in that game of Reversi.

Here’s how it looked in operation:

Source: Howard Rose

Windows 1.0 was followed two years later by Windows 2.0 with a rather fetching blue background:

Source: Wikipedia, used with permission from Microsoft

Which in turn was followed by the all-grey Windows 3.0, arriving on the scene in 1990:

Source: Wikipedia, used with permission from Microsoft

(Poor Red. STILL losing at Reversi after all these years.)

This sound should jog your memory of Windows 3.1:

Source: Ballyweg

Bonus point: do you remember the excitement when Windows 95 came out?

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Ballyweg


h/t @pourmecoffee

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