Time really does seem to fly, Windows 95 seems to be a bleak memory now when you think back to it, but what about Windows 1.0. Yes number 1, the very first attempt at creating the foundations for what we now see on nearly every desktop in the world.
It was on this day, 20 November 25 years ago that Microsoft had their first stab at creating a multi-tasking graphical user interface to run on desktops. Of course it resembled nothing like what it is today. However you may find it has one or two things in common with some other Windows OS’s now that I think about it.
For a start it was two years late, finally shipping on November 20th 1985 when Bill Gates himself announced it at the Plaza Hotel in New York. It was the next big thing, it was cool, it was graphical, it was going to put those Apple systems to shame, which was purely text based at the time.
Windows 1.0 was the birthplace of actual “windows” on your computers, up until now all files and documents were purely text based, where as Windows arranged them into, well , windows….. this was the big step forward.
Of course Microsoft were laughed at for a while, it wasn’t exactly a looker and it wasn’t jam packed full of features. There was no recycle bin in sight and the Windows couldn’t even overlap. However, some early versions of Windows 1 came bundled with Microsoft Word and Excel, something you’d never see anymore. The program list may look somewhat familiar to you though, a good few of these have managed to survive the tests of time and are still running on your brand new Windows 7 OS today.
Supplied programs included the Calculator, Calendar, Cardfile, Clipboard viewer, Click, Control Panel, Notepad, Paint, Reversi, Terminal and Write.
Microsoft may have hit a few bumps in the road since Windows 1 was released, but since then things have all gone up hill, Microsoft is now one of the biggest companies in the world and its OS is running on 90% of desktops around the world, and all after 25 short years.