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This is How Microsoft Introduced Windows 1.0

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October 18, 2010 7:23:27 AM

400$ for a VHS Recorder! What a bargain!
October 18, 2010 7:25:36 AM

jeeze no color I mean come on! ;) 
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October 18, 2010 7:28:51 AM

Very hot.
October 18, 2010 7:29:24 AM

I'm diggin' the clock widget. =P
October 18, 2010 7:33:59 AM

It'll never catch on.
October 18, 2010 7:40:04 AM

Why waste valuable screen space on a clock? But, yeah, we've come a long way. That screen still looks better than my old monochromatic green screen though.
October 18, 2010 7:48:35 AM

Laughs.I've used the first version of Windows before but Windows 286 and 386 were better (not greatly though).The first version of Windows could have color if you had a CGA card.They were pretty pathetic until Windows 3.0 came out.I'm still fond of Windows 3.1.
Nathan's Toasty Technology Page has some better screenshots of OS's
October 18, 2010 7:50:45 AM

What was the resolution then? like 320x240?
October 18, 2010 7:54:18 AM

Probably more like 160x120... the pixels are as big as your thumb.
October 18, 2010 7:59:28 AM

"...lets users integrate the tasks they perform with their computer by providing the ability to work with several programs at the same time and easily switch between them without having to quit and restart individual applications."

Fast forward to current day for iphone, sans iOS 4. Good job Apple you just did it! Haha.
October 18, 2010 8:00:23 AM

I was busy not being born :p 
October 18, 2010 8:04:24 AM

That was three days after i was born. funny thing is i have used it :) 
October 18, 2010 8:10:27 AM

I was exactly 1 day old when this was released :) 
October 18, 2010 8:32:15 AM

I started using a windowing system on my PC with... GEM/2 for the PC. Considering the POS I had at the time (4.77 MHz 8088 with 640K of RAM and a 5.25" floppy drive), it was really fast.
October 18, 2010 8:40:37 AM

by that estimate my pc now should cost about 7,000,000,000 $ give or take a few million.

October 18, 2010 8:54:23 AM

My First PC was a Windows 98 with Intel celeron 433 MHz and 128 MB SD RAM with 8 GB HDD, i do understand the Advancement we came through since than.
This decades of innovation has brought us here but nobody can say for sure where it will take us.
October 18, 2010 8:57:36 AM

I imagine that the idea of using more than one application at the same time was mind-blowing to DOS users...
October 18, 2010 9:08:53 AM

Old school... Nice :sol: 
October 18, 2010 9:38:19 AM

"I imagine that the idea of using more than one application at the same time was mind-blowing to DOS users..."
Meh... Depends. It was all a bit much for many users, but then getting them to understand the single user single app thing was often a bit of a challenge too. Getting them to save their work before shutting down the app to open another was a challenge...
Those with techie sort of minds jumped on this very quickly, like 'Why wasn't it like this from the beginning?'
Having said that, it was so bug addled and flakey, many of us went back to DOS and stayed there, peeping over the parapet at each windows 'update' until we finally gave in. I found I quite liked the win95 shell, but the flakiness drove me to distraction. Then I got my hands on a pirate (pre release beta) NT4, and never looked back.
So I must love Windows 7 then? Well, actually, I'm loving Ubuntu 10.10. I have it on my machine and the guest machine, and the child box and the wife box are both on XP. I've yet to see a single feature in vista or 7 that I can't live without, and the rather elderly hardware still works fine with XP.
October 18, 2010 9:53:41 AM

Microsoft had it right back then (apart from the oversized launcher bar). No window decorations wasting precious pixels around the edges of windows. No desktop showing through and using up space. Tiling window manager FTW.
October 18, 2010 9:56:59 AM

takeapieandrunI was busy not being born

So was I
October 18, 2010 10:01:10 AM

Next they should show a screen of what MSN was like in Windows 95.
1994 i believe it came out. i remember MSN used the file explorer interface before they made it browser based. anyways i love Microsoft and all they have accomplished in the last 25 years. IE was a true god send! even AOL had to include IE after it came out...even though it pretty much destroyed the need for AOL. I am amazed at how much software has progressed and how much cheaper PCs are now. We went from dialup to broadband, midi to mp3 now if more people would just switch from iTunes to EJukebox the world would be a better place.
October 18, 2010 10:06:34 AM

1 thing I have to say about Win 1.0 there was no room for bloatware. All code did something useful.

Why can't more modern systems take a page from the old testament?
October 18, 2010 10:21:52 AM

kewl.. so much changes 2day in windows
October 18, 2010 10:35:35 AM

this would look neat as a widget on a smartphone :p 
October 18, 2010 10:36:57 AM

this article must be in museum
October 18, 2010 11:22:44 AM

Amazing :-)
I got my first PC with DOS, but the first windows I installed was 3.11.
I remember installing 95 when it came out :-)
October 18, 2010 11:31:46 AM

I remember playing with Windows 3.11 for workgroups, great version of windows, worked like a charm.
October 18, 2010 11:39:20 AM

I was on a 2 years countdown to my birth.
October 18, 2010 11:50:20 AM

This was the year of Marty McFly!
October 18, 2010 11:50:54 AM

I was there. Having been at Stanford, and used the Alto and seen the predecessors to Sun's stuff, I wasn't that impressed. Tiled windows suck now and they suck then. What was interesting, from a historical persepective, was the number of company-proprietary (HP, DEC, etc) hardware designs demonstrated.
October 18, 2010 11:56:30 AM

1985. I was not even alive here yet.

Hard to believe we've come this far in merely 25 years.
October 18, 2010 12:11:15 PM

looks like a mac to me...
October 18, 2010 12:20:44 PM

1985. Just think about that. What were you doing?

I was busy Being Born!
October 18, 2010 12:22:08 PM

This does say "bipnap" right?
October 18, 2010 12:27:45 PM

You kids - I was just starting college then!

Mac ruled home-computing GUI at the time. 8)
October 18, 2010 12:40:52 PM

Nov of 85 - I was a senior in High School. I knew how to write simple apps on an Apple IIc.

Going thru some boxes a few weeks ago, I came across my old Floppy holder. Three floppies with DOS 6.1. SIX floppies with Windows 3.11.

And a WHOPPING 15 floppies with Windows 95 on them. I also have the 19 floppy version too.
October 18, 2010 12:50:34 PM

now all the newbies can watch dvds on their laptops on the bus or at school
October 18, 2010 12:53:19 PM

The first computer my family got was a Dell Dimension running Windows 95. I was about 4 years old when we got it. One day my little brother was sitting in front of it watching tv, and the screen saver turned on. I then yelled, "Mommy! Sam broke the computer!" Only to get the reply, "yeah, thats a screen saver. Move the mouse a little." Haha, it didn't take me long to screw with eveery little setting in win95... as a four year old. I knew i choose a good career path.
October 18, 2010 12:57:39 PM

sinsearProbably more like 160x120... the pixels are as big as your thumb.

Well really it would have depended on your gfx card. Mono was 720x350, CGA was 640x200.
October 18, 2010 1:07:26 PM

Check out the original Mac OS in 1984. It was way beyond what Microsoft had at the time.
October 18, 2010 1:08:06 PM

Why can't I have a clock like that on my superbar (windows 7.. bar)
October 18, 2010 1:51:48 PM

rhino13This does say "bipnap" right?

Bitnap, whatever that is.
October 18, 2010 1:54:44 PM

we are the same age....we grew up together...we had our good times playing against the other team and taught me how to make school projects easier...we dominated 2003 with XPerience....then one year you wanted to look cool but you were getting lazy...we had our fights and laughs, ups and downs....but what hurt me at that time,you didnt want to play nice with my toys....eventually, you got your act together, clean and sober and your work is very efficient now....Windows 7 was my idea....
October 18, 2010 1:54:54 PM

those were the bad old days. to be productive i'd avoid using windows! happily no BSOD yet.
October 18, 2010 1:54:57 PM

Makes me want to break out 3.11. Now if I could only find a 8" floppy drive at my local re-sale shop...
October 18, 2010 2:30:21 PM

October 18, 2010 2:39:20 PM

If I recall correctly, HDDs were rare to non-existent on pcs then; everything had to be loaded from a 5.25" or a 3.5" floppy. By 1986 I had a Sharp laptop (monochrome) with two 3.5" HD floppy drives. It had an internal modem and only cost ~$600.
October 18, 2010 2:47:20 PM

What games came with this?