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Congrats, Windows, You're a Quarter Century Old

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This is vintage Windows along with some vintage Ballmer.

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 , November 22, 2010 3:49 PM
    Steve Ballmer is psychotic. I love him.

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    the_krasno , November 22, 2010 5:20 PM
    But can it run Wolfenstein 3D?
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    Anonymous , November 22, 2010 5:07 PM
    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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  • 24 Hide
    Parsian , November 22, 2010 3:49 PM
    Steve Ballmer is psychotic. I love him.

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    TheRockMonsi , November 22, 2010 4:10 PM
    Good for Windows. :) 
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    zak_mckraken , November 22, 2010 4:11 PM
    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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    dogman_1234 , November 22, 2010 4:18 PM
    Happy Birthday Windows!
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    bystander , November 22, 2010 4:22 PM
    I've seen that video before, and couldn't last 3 seconds before stopping it this time around. There is something terribly uncomfortable about watching an over the top sales pitch.

    Oh, and did this guy ever have hair?
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    tuch92 , November 22, 2010 4:35 PM
    Except in Nebraska...
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    Lutfij , November 22, 2010 5:02 PM
    lol - "the time of the floppy are upon us!" - back in 1988

    so many things had changed, all cos of this troublesome DOS cmd that lead us to the GUI
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    Anonymous , November 22, 2010 5:07 PM
    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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    the_krasno , November 22, 2010 5:20 PM
    But can it run Wolfenstein 3D?
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    thechief73 , November 22, 2010 6:02 PM
    I remember starting out on Windows 3.1 with a IBM running at 12MHz, Intro to PC's 101 for me. It wasnt very pleasing on the eye compaired with what were using today :)  and there wasn't much a young kid could do on a PC back then: Paint and a paly few games, mess around with Q-basic.
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    velocityg4 , November 22, 2010 6:07 PM
    I remember fiddling around with Windows 1 and either DOS 2 or 3 on my dad's computer. It was an 80286 10 or 12mhz, 640KB RAM, 10 or 20MB HD and EGA graphics. This thing rocked in the mid 80's playing Ace of Aces.
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    sniper3000gt , November 22, 2010 7:14 PM
    Reminds me of the Micro Machines Man.
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    kronos_cornelius , November 22, 2010 7:20 PM
    bystanderI've seen that video before, and couldn't last 3 seconds before stopping it this time around. There is something terribly uncomfortable about watching an over the top sales pitch.Oh, and did this guy ever have hair?


    He has not changed a bit LOL !

    Moving to only-windows interfaces was disadvantageous to developers and researchers. Linux has struck a better balance of shell vs windows UI. Win7 was supposed to have come back to a stronger scripting BAT UI, but I never was interested enough to find it. With bash, on the other hand, you can do anything... I mean anything from the script, you can feel the POWER !

    The coolest thing I've done is turning off the LCD screen on the laptop, which is not possible in windows

    xset dpms force off

    Another cool example is changing the names of thousands of picture so that they are enumerated in order... 1, 2, 3.

    MS took a lot of power away when they stop supporting shells. May that was the plan all along !
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    molo9000 , November 22, 2010 8:09 PM
    Quote:
    most popular piece of software on the planet

    I'd subscribe "most used piece of software on the planet", but "most popular"?
    No.
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    Haserath , November 22, 2010 8:13 PM
    I'm still amazed that Windows is older than I am. Technology has become so advanced in such a short amount of time.

    Still remember playing the "Gorilla game"(don't remember it's true name) on a DOS computer back in the 90's, that was the most amazing game at to me at the time. :p 
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    _Cubase_ , November 22, 2010 8:22 PM
    So many 25th anniversarys. Mario, Back to the Future and now Windows. It seems like 1985 was the year people got things done. I was even born in 1985!
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    Albyint , November 22, 2010 8:24 PM
    EXCEPT IN NEBRASKA!
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    cookoy , November 22, 2010 8:29 PM
    the apple macintosh was way ahead of windows during that time.
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    Vladislaus , November 22, 2010 9:14 PM
    cookoythe apple macintosh was way ahead of windows during that time.

    As was the Xerox Star way ahead of Macintosh at the time, so what's your point?
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    Luscious , November 22, 2010 9:28 PM
    25 years ago real geeks spoke these 3 words: Guru Meditation Error
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