Happy Birthday: Windows turns 25 today

By Emil
Nov 20, 2010
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  1. Today, on November 20, 2010, Microsoft Windows turns 25 years old. On November, 20 1985, Microsoft released Windows 1.0, a 16-bit graphic user environment that was considered to be state-of-the-art at the time. In the two and a half decades that followed, Microsoft became one of the wealthiest companies in the world as Windows turned into the de facto operating system installed on over 90 percent of computers worldwide.

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  2. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 121

    Happy Birthday WIndows! Hope the future releases keep getting better abd better. I hope that in 25-years we will look back at windows 7 and laugh about how we thought it was a great operating system with great features, in the same way we look at windows 1.0 now
  3. maestromasada

    maestromasada TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Happy Birthday too!! After 25 you lose the magic as you are approaching the 30s, then in the 40s you lose your head, and from them on you are just a grumpy old chap that only remembers the good old time on the early 20s, XP come back!!!
  4. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Happy birthday, Windows! I agree with Uvindu, just wait until Windows 7 becomes as primitive as Windows 1.0 is now. :D
  5. AllEyezOnMe

    AllEyezOnMe TS Member

    Happy 1/4 Century Birthday, Windows, I first used Windows 3.0 on a Gateway 2000 standlone desktop pc many many moons ago, keep up the great work.
  6. Man, all those bright and exotic colors they used back in the day. lol
  7. Been with Windows since 3.0, a bumpy ride...
    3.0 glitches, 3.11 was the best of that OS
    95 had glitches...98SE was the best of that version
    XP, for me was rock solid
    Vista...well, let's just say it was different.
    Win7, it's like a toaster oven, it just works.
  8. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 548   +8

    Happy birthday MS been a long ride, you have changed the face or maybe the entire world with your Products and thats not an overstatement.
  9. peterbezemer

    peterbezemer TS Rookie Posts: 16

    happy birthday, have been using it since win 2.0, now I am running win 7, (which is actually win 6.1)
  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,551   +595

    Thanks for making me feel old, Emil. ;)

    Oh yeah - happy birthday Windows!
  11. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 97   +10

    In 25 years, I think, humanity will be discovering bronze (again, maybe) ...
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    Are you sure you don't mean stone tools?
  13. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 97   +10

    rock does not need to be discovered because rock will never die ...
  14. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +193

    Happy Birthday Windows :)
  15. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 121

    (If) The world ends in 2012
    Everything is destroyed, the planet has disintegrated
    It will take thousands of years for there to be a new planet with just the right conditions
    Then once there is a planet with perfect condition, life will start in the sea and slowly evolve over thousands of years
    Finally there will be humans and then after a while we will discover bronze and etc etc

    So in 25 years, now that I thought about it, there will be *drum roll*

    DUST! :)

    That's only if 2012 happens though. (Sorry to go off topic)
  16. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Is that the music according to Niel Young. :haha:

    anyways happy bday windows
  17. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    Happy Bloody Birthday Windows
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    No, Niel said. "It's better to burn out, than it is to rust"....! Or, maybe he said the rock thing too...not sure..
  19. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 225   +46

    Thank you Microsoft for making me a smarter person. On my 9th PC build. Favorite build was 98. Least favorite was Millennium. Win7 rocks.
  20. SSaywell

    SSaywell TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Happy Birthday Windows, Thanks - Feels bit weird saying thanks to software but hey :)
  21. motrin

    motrin TS Enthusiast Posts: 159   +12

    Happy Birthday Mr. Windows :)
  22. Ssendi

    Ssendi TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Really a lot of improvements that teaches us a lot!!!
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    Actually, I think it's Windows that's becoming smarter, and making us look good in the process.
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Interesting take Emil, reminded me how much I disliked Windows 1.0, not until Windows 3.1 came along when I truly switched from DOS (not that it went away obviously). At least it was slightly more reliable than the only Mac I ever used in those days which would breakdown for no apparent reason every few weeks. Although it (Win 3.x) had its own quirks, e.g. installing sound card or even mouse could turn out to be a real hassle, but once you got over these it wasn't a bad OS (if one can call it) at all at that time.

    On a side note, I don't believe in Nostradamus's rubbish, there are better things to spend your time on than wasting it on reading his hallucinations.
  25. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    Happy Birthday! :) May all your future OS releases be just as promising as Windows 7 was.

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