37 years since the first Windows

37 years since the first Windows

37 years ago, on November 20, 1985, Microsoft launched the first Windows 1.0.

Windows was launched as the successor to the MS-DOS system.

Windows 1.0 required two hard drives, 256 kilobytes of memory and a graphics card.

If you want to run several programs at the same time, you need a PC with a hard disk and 512 kilobytes of memory.

DOS was an operating system without a graphical window. So when you start your computer, a DOS prompt will appear. You had to know the commands and enter them in order to run a program or do anything on the computer at all.

MC-DOS did one thing at a time. To use the second program, the first program had to be closed and the command entered to open the second program.

Windows 1.0 was introduced in 1983, but its development took two years.

It was supposed to get a different name, but it was called “Windows” to describe the “windows” or computer frames that would appear on the user’s screen. Drop-down menus, scroll bars, icons, made it easier to use the program. In fact, this is the forerunner of the Windows we use today.

In addition, MS DOC file manager, drawing and writing programs, notebook, calculator, calendar, data card, clock and game were available to users.

Critics were not happy with his performance. Objections were related to the way the system worked when some applications were launched, but also to Microsoft’s promotion of the use of the mouse (which was not present at the time, all commands were entered using the keyboard).

Windows 2.0 replaced it in November 1987. However, Microsoft supported this version longer than any other, for 16 years (until December 31, 2001).