Despite the fact that the majority of our readers, as well as the editorial staff, prefer to use computers running macOS from Apple, many of us nevertheless began our computer self-study with Windows, the most memorable stages of the evolution of which we decided to mention in this material.
Taking into account the statistics by age categories of Yablyk visitors and taking into account the different experience of working with computers, we can safely assume that there are oldfags among us who found the very first versions of Windows even before the separation of this graphical add-on from the MS-DOS kernel, and novice users, for which problems like a “blue screen of death” or a freezing task manager with a probability of 99.9% are nothing more than tales from the dark Middle Ages.
So, in a nutshell, we will mention the most memorable versions of Windows, and at the end we will determine which of them became the starting point for most readers on the path to knowledge of information technology.
Windows 1, 2, 3
2020 marks 35 years since the release of the first Windows graphical shell, which allowed MS-DOS users to communicate with their computer using a pointer, rather than text operators on the command line.
In our editorial office there are no people who have had the pleasure of using such vintage software, but knowledgeable people say that it took Microsoft 5 years to make a really competitive Windows 3.0 product out of an unsuitable Windows 1.0, which fully justified the name “Windows”.
It was this system that became the basis for most citizens of the countries of the former USSR, when in the late 90s the first affordable PCs under its control appeared on the market. And, despite the large number of fond memories of those times, the most memorable “function” of the system was the aforementioned “blue screen of death”, which so often ended the most exciting gaming sessions of novice gamers.
Windows 98/2000 / ME
Both subsequent operating systems were based on Windows 95 and did not differ too radically from it, and for Windows 98 users, the ability to reinstall a system that was dying or began to lag wildly after several months of active use became literally a necessary skill. Then Microsoft solved this problem not by getting rid of the OS bugs, but by introducing the ability to create backups in Windows ME.
The light at the end of the tunnel not only dawned, but in full force hit the eyes of happy users in 2001, when Microsoft released one of its best creations – the Windows XP operating system, which remained the most popular in the world until 2012. Users not only willingly switched to XP from earlier versions, but also rolled back to it for a long time on new computers where, under pressure from Microsoft, they installed “factory” new items like Windows Vista. Having rummaged in the most distant drawers and closets, many of us can find the coveted disk with pirated Windows XP, and even with the third service pack or some kind of roll-up like Zver-Edition.
All large companies have failures, and one of the main skills of good leadership is the ability to forget failures and move forward. However, the people running Microsoft Corporation have tried to convince themselves and others that the misunderstanding called Windows Vista can be exploited. Nevertheless, this product turned out to be so unsuccessful that neither an advertising company, nor improved contracts with hardware manufacturers, nor any other means of resurrecting stillborn software could revive it.
Thanks to the success of Windows Vista, the “7” released in 2009 was met with great skepticism by users, especially since there were plenty of bugs and shortcomings in its first version. However, over time, the public tasted the new product, and suddenly it turned out that Windows 7 is not just a worthy, very functional and graphically pleasing continuation of Windows XP. Actually, many users still work on devices running this OS.
Continuing the binary success / failure cycle, in 2012 Microsoft rolled out Windows 8, whose interface was designed specifically for touchscreen devices. Contrary to the company’s analysts’ forecasts, hybrid PCs and tablets did not oust traditional laptops and desktops from the market, and Windows 8 itself, even with the subsequent mega-update to 8.1, was not needed by anyone.
Returning from the world of dreams and fantasies, in 2015 Microsoft returned the interface for users of mice and touchpads, and also returned to its place the “Start” button, which was removed in Windows 8. According to the expert’s forecasts, in the near future the company does not plan to release a radically new operating system, but will focus on updating the “ten”, especially since according to the cycle mentioned above, the next major failure has come.
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