This is How Microsoft Introduced Windows 1.0

Ready for a blast from the past? Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, is blogging again after migrating from Windows Live Spaces to Wordpress. His first new entry is about a decades-old press packet that he found. Inside were the announcement details for Windows 1.0

Believe it or not, these were the words about a new product family that would change computing:

BELLEVUE, WA -- NOVEMBER 20, 1985 --Microsoft Corporation announced today the retail shipment of the Microsoft Windows operating environment to dealers and distributors.Microsoft Windows extends the features of the DOS operating system, yet is compatible with most existing applications that run under DOS. Windows 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. In addition, it provides a rich foundation for a new generation of applications."Windows provides unprecedented power to users today and a foundation for hardware and software advancements of the next few years," said Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft. "It is unique software designed for the serious PC user, who places high value on the productivity that a personal computer can bring."

Also a part of the package was a screenshot of Windows 1.0's user interface. No fancy Aero effects back then!

Source: SeattlePI

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • ColMirage
    400$ for a VHS Recorder! What a bargain!
  • kewlx
    jeeze no color I mean come on! ;)
  • winner4455
    Very hot.
  • calmstateofmind
    I'm diggin' the clock widget. =P
  • alchemy69
    It'll never catch on.
  • johnny_5
    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.
  • jj463rd
    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
  • Gin Fushicho
    What was the resolution then? like 320x240?
  • sinsear
    Probably more like 160x120... the pixels are as big as your thumb.
  • yannigr
    It reminds me my Atari STe.