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:

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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.
  • Parsian
    Steve Ballmer is psychotic. I love him.

  • TheRockMonsi
    Good for Windows. :)
  • zak_mckraken
    but eventually PCs were gradually moved from the command line interface to the graphical styles of Windows.
    Linux users will disagree! ;)
  • dogman_1234
    Happy Birthday Windows!
  • bystander
    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?
  • tuch92
    Except in Nebraska...
  • Lutfij
    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
  • It's like I've taken a trip through time... except only one month back, not 25 years.,11522.html
  • the_krasno
    But can it run Wolfenstein 3D?
  • thechief73
    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.