Congrats, Windows, You're a Quarter Century Old

Believe it or not, Windows has been with us for more than a quarter century now, since being released on November 20th, 1985. While it may not have been with you for 25 years, there's no doubt that Microsoft's operating system has radically affected and influenced the computing world that we're in today.

It was announced by Bill Gates in New York City in grand fashion. Sure, it wasn't exactly pretty for many years, and it was originally supposed to be called "Interface Manager," but today it's still Windows and it stands on its own as the most popular piece of software on the planet.

Many of us at that time may have stuck with DOS (at least until Windows 3.1 rolled along, in my case – though DOS was still required, of course), but eventually PCs were gradually moved from the command line interface to the graphical styles of Windows.

Microsoft has come a long way to reach today's Windows 7. Let's have a look back at how things were in the initial release:

Steve Ballmer Sells Windows 1.0

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  • Parsian
    Steve Ballmer is psychotic. I love him.
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  • the_krasno
    But can it run Wolfenstein 3D?
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  • Anonymous
    It's like I've taken a trip through time... except only one month back, not 25 years.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/steve-ballmer-windows-tv-commercial,11522.html
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  • Parsian
    Steve Ballmer is psychotic. I love him.
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  • TheRockMonsi
    Good for Windows. :)
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  • zak_mckraken
    Quote:
    but eventually PCs were gradually moved from the command line interface to the graphical styles of Windows.

    Linux users will disagree! ;)
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