1985: Introducing Windows 1.0


Who remembers when Microsoft launched its first attempt at implementing a multi-tasking graphical user interface-based operating environment on the PC platform? Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect, payed homage to the very first version of Windows by creating a blog post showcasing the original news release for the operating system.

Windows 1.0, a 16-bit graphical operating environment, was released in late November of 1985.

BELLEVUE, WA — NOVEMBER 20, 1985 — Microsoft Corporation announced today the retail shipment of the Microsoft Windows operating environment to dealers and distributors.

Microsoft Windows extends the features of the DOS operating system, yet is compatible with most existing applications that run under DOS. Windows lets users integrate the tasks they perform with their computer by providing the ability to work with several programs at the same time and easily switch between them without having to quit and restart individual applications. In addition, it provides a rich foundation for a new generation of applications.

“Windows provides unprecedented power to users today and a foundation for hardware and software advancements of the next few years,” said Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft. “It is unique software designed for the serious PC user, who places high value on the productivity that a personal computer can bring.”

Visit the link below to read the entire 32 page news release. Does it bring back any memories?