Windows 10: History of how Microsoft got here (infographic)

29 Jul 2015

Computers have come a long way in 30 years, bringing us from Windows 1.0 to Windows 10

It’s been 30 years since the first version of Windows was shipped – Microsoft sent Windows 1.0 out into the world on 20 November, 1985.

And now here we are, with the much-hyped Windows 10, apparently the ‘last-ever’ version of Windows, launching in 190 countries today (29 July).

It’s been 30 years since ‘Windows’ became part of computing vernacular, and 20 years since the launch of Windows 95, the iconic system that first introduced the Start menu and taskbar, and which was the first operating system used by many consumers when home computers became common in the ‘90s.

Feel old yet?

Take a look at the below infographic to see just how far Windows has come in those 30 years, and ask yourself where we may be, technology-wise, 30 years from now.

Click on the infographic to see a larger version…



Infographic: The History of Windows by Best STL

Old computer image, via Shutterstock

Brigid O Gorman is a former sub-editor of Silicon Republic.