Today is a significant day in the history of personal computing. 30 years ago Microsoft Windows 1.0 was launched, bringing with it the first widely available GUI (Graphical User Interface) instead of command line functions. While we can all debate the Microsoft of today and their business practices of the past, there is no denying the significance of Windows 1.0. It, in every way, revolutionized how we interacted with computers and opened the door for billions to learn and easily use PCs in their homes.
Essentially Windows 1.0 was a 16-bit multi-tasking shell that ran on top of MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) that was a mouse driven GUI. To put it into perspective of how far we have come in 30 years, your Android phone sitting next to you is very likely running a 64-bit architecture – never mind your PC! By today’s comparisons, it was not exactly a beautiful user interface but it was revolutionary for the time.
Now what would early days Microsoft be without Steve Ballmer? And everyone enjoys a good launch video for an app right? Feast your eyes on this gem!
Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it?