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Flashback Friday: Windows 1.0

by Sean P. Aune | October 26, 2012October 26, 2012 11:00 pm PST

Flashback FridayIt’s hard to believe that Windows 8 is finally here, and is there any better way of celebrating than looking back at a soundless slideshow of Windows 1.0 features? Nope.

Considering the rate at which some software packages update these days, it’s hard to believe that Windows 8 is only the eighth major number Microsoft has hit. Of course there were minor iterations such as Windows 3.1 – which was arguably where everything exploded for Microsoft, oddly enough –  and Windows ME that … yeah, lets just forget that one happened. Microsoft’s numbering system is a bit wonky at best, but for arguments sake we will say Windows 8 truly is number eight in the series of major releases.

The first stable release occurred in April, 1987, and it’s hard to believe that the software you see above is even remotely related to what is hitting stores and desktops today. Yes, you can see some family resemblance between them, but not a lot.

Considering that the majority of office workers were used to just entering text at command prompts, this was a pretty radical shift for a lot of people. There is no questioning, however, that although it was a radical change from what they were used to dealing with, it had a profound impact on the world of computing as we know it. The same could be said of when we moved to the world of Windows 95.

Is any of this sounding like what some pundits have been saying about Windows 8?

Enjoy the look back into the world of Windows of yesteryear.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...