A quick history of Microsoft Windows



To mark the launch of Windows 10 in just a few weeks’ time, we take a look back at the history of the game-changing operating system.

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To mark the launch of Windows 10 in just a few weeks’ time, we take a look back at the history of the revolutionary operating system.

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When Windows first launched over 30 years ago, it kick-started a new era of personal computing. It introduced new concepts to the world like the mouse and different typefaces. And it managed to stay innovative through over ten different versions.

Did you know that Windows was originally called Interface Manager? Or that Microsoft paid $35,000 for what became dubbed “the Microsoft Sound”?

For more interesting titbits on the OS, check out our quick history of Microsoft Windows. We explore how the software has evolved as well as its radical overhauls. Plus, we look at what users can expect from Windows 10. So from 1975 right through to 2015, here’s our essential guide to the history of Microsoft Windows.