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Happy 20th Birthday Windows!

By RexWorld ·
Hard to believe it's been 20 years since Microsoft introduced Windows 1.0. What a piece of junk that thing was--tiled windows, task-switching that wasn't even as good as third-party tools from Symantec and Borland. Amazing though what perseverance can do--Microsoft just kept chugging away at it and now Windows runs on something like 95% of all desktop computers.

Say what you will about some of their tactics, I don't think we'd have the kind of industry today if we hadn't standardized on some kind of common platform. I"m not saying Microsoft's was the best choice but at least the marketplace decided and here we are--we have cheap hardware, we have plug-and-play, we have nearly ubiquitous connectivity. None of that would have happened without some kind of common platform to create the kind of large marketplace you need for those sorts of things. For better or worse that platform is Windows.

Interesting that among the list of Windows versions currently for sale:

http://cnet.search.com/search?q=windows&nodeid=3672&format=customlayout&channel=2&cat=313&mode=products&allfields=0&k=52692741

Somebody is listing a Windows for Workgroup upgrade:

http://reviews.cnet.com/WINDOW_FOR_WKGP_311_35_UPG_FROM_WIN_31_OR_WFW/4505-3678_7-208527.html

Now there's a blast from the past.

PC Mag has a really good package of articles and columns around the 20th anniversary:

http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,1874,1861640,00.asp

Imagine, next year Windows will be old enough to drink in all 50 states.

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