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Windows OS was 1st presented more than forty years ago. From the very beginning, it was an extension for previously worked out Microsoft DOS. MS DOS was a leading OS for computers of the period of 1980s.
The history knows twelve versions of Windows OS, and step by step this operating system gave more facilities Windows consumers. Over 90% of computer users prefer Windows to other OS (Mac and Linux). It is evidence of its high quality, stability and limitless facilities.
Windows OS history started almost 40 years ago and now we have a great chance to take a closer look at all ever existed variants of OS:
Being announced in the year of 1983, Windows 1.0 saw the light of the day only after 2 years. This variant of Windows presented scroll bar, calculator, calendar, clock and other useful functions. The first users of Windows even could play one game. The first Windows OS cost $99, which was quite expensive for an average user, but prominent companies wanted to try this OS.
Two years later, in 1987, a new edition of OS Windows 2.0 appeared. Operating system worked faster making users’ work more stable and convenient with the help of initial versions of Microsoft Word and Excel. It became possible to create texts, tables and graphics, which attracted more and more users. Existing in this version of OS overlapping windows could be moved or closed by means of a mouse, which was also absolutely new for computer users.
It was launched in 1990. Breaking with 16-colours system Windows expanded the horizons for its users. Thanks to this improvement, photo editing became possible. Developed 3-D interface made Windows 3.0 attractive in users’ eyes. Known for today’s users computer games such as Solitaire, Hearts, Minesweeper appeared with the release of the 3rd Windows version. Drag-and-drop interface made the use of Windows 3.0 more convenient and user friendly.
Released in April of 1992 Window 3.1 wasn’t signally marked from its previous version. It was improved in graphics. In such a way, Windows 3.1 supplied its users with colorful for those times icons and interface. It made this version very relevant among users.
This variant of OS was worked out with the purpose to launch Windows in Japan. Specially created version of Windows 3.1 was released in 1993 in the Japanese language. No additional characteristics were supplemented.
1993 was the year when Windows NT was presented introducing the first “start button”. Among other innovations of this version of Windows was the function, which allowed transferring Windows NT to other platforms.
Windows 95 was the 1st operating system with a built-in Internet support. Plug and Play system allows a computer to identify the attached devices without extra requests. Windows 95 was the first OS with new multimedia capabilities.
This variant of Windows OS was created on the basis of Windows 95. Developers improved operating system by means of easy web integration, USB and DVD support, which was previously unavailable for Windows users. Windows 98 opened a new era for computer gaming driving out DOS gaming. Although this version of Windows OS possessed a lot of useful facilities, still negative things took place OS underwent malware. From this very moment computer users could be hacked by adversaries.
Windows ME was presented in 2000 and recognized as the worst OS because of its unstable character. Computers running on this OS suffered from data loss. On this occasion, restore point was created to solve this problem. Restore point is a snapshot copy of computer data. Windows ME clients used this facility with the purpose to save the status of operating system in a certain period. If the computer is unexpectedly switched off, a user can see all data by means of a restore point.
It is the most prevalent OS among modern users. The distinctive feature of that edition was the capability to change the desktop appearance. It became possible to place animals, nature or even photos on the desktop of a PC or a laptop. Apart from this feature, Windows XP had stable platform what made its use more reliable from the point of view of consumers. Three dimension gaming available with Windows XP put out DOS gaming forever. New variants of icons were designed for this version of Windows. The facilities of Windows XP are numerous, among them are: access to recently used apps and files, built-in CD burning, support of ZIP files and so on. In general, it brought people to the new era of computer facilities.
Launched in 2006 Vista developers aimed at changing the appearance of Windows preceding version (XP). As compared to Mac Windows XP looked a bit out-of-date. Thus, to change the situation Vista with its good-looking effects and themes appeared. Nevertheless, the creators faced troubles connected with slow running of OS. By this reason the popularity of Windows OS lost ground.
Holding dear its reputation Microsoft team created Windows 7, which contained all benefits of Vista visual effects and improved its speed. With Windows 7 the start and run of programs was several times faster, which was appreciated by computer users.
This OS is able to run on devices with touchscreen user interface. Still it is available for PCs and laptops with a keyboard and a mouse. There is no need to search and download installers on the Internet. With Windows 8 it is quite convenient to install all essential for good work apps from Windows store. Like users of modern smartphones and tablets, Windows 8 consumers are to have Microsoft account to get access to limitless facilities of Windows 8.
The last creation of Microsoft was presented two years ago. Windows 10 is also available on different devices (with and without touchscreen), but in this case operating system is running on diverse devices: PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets. Numerous built-in functions make the last version of Windows attractive for consumers. This OS is seriously criticized by IT critics, who state that innovation used in Windows 10 allow total monitoring of its users by the government. What is more, even new created security built-in tools sometimes let Windows 10 users down. Among last inventions people can rely on to stay secure are VPNs, which cope with various tasks: data encryption, IP masking, geo-spoofing, censorship evasion.
From this article one may indicate that every next variants of Windows OS became more stable and dynamic as Microsoft team sweat its guts out to present users the most featured OS.
Nevertheless, computer hackers make attempts to crack the devices running on Windows OS. Even new created security tools sometimes let computer users down. Among last inventions people can rely on to stay secure are VPNs, which cope with various tasks: data encryption, IP masking, geo-spoofing, censorship evasion.