A brief history of Microsoft Windows through the ages

Initially, Windows was little more than operating environment add-on for DOS. Nonetheless, the foundations were set. (image credit: Microsoft)
The second iteration of Windows was all about improvements to the memory management and the interface. Multi-tasking became a possibility too. (image credit: Microsoft)
Windows 3.0 was the first success for Microsoft in the commercial sense. Selling 2 million copies in its first six months. (image credit: Microsoft)
10 years after the original Windows launch, the operating system had changed a lot both in terms of design and capabilities. (image credit: Microsoft)
Despite improvements, Windows 98 was much maligned for its slowness and unreliability compared to the previous release. (image credit: Microsoft)
Windows Millennium Edition was mostly seen as a failure and criticised heavily for being very unstable. (image credit: Microsoft)
Windows XP was the best version of Windows to date and is still fondly remembered by many. (image credit: Microsoft)
Vista was another failure for Microsoft. User Account Control made life difficult for many and Vista was resource intensive too. (image credit: Microsoft)
Windows 7 was technically the eighth release and fortunately much more successful than Vista thanks to much better power management. (image credit: Microsoft)
Windows 8 was another failure, this time due to a less than intuitive user-interface which left users scratching their heads. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
A free upgrade for Windows 8 users that was intended to fix many of the problems that people were complaining about at the time. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Windows 10 essentially restored the tried-and-tested design of the operating system while breathing new life into it with a fresh, clean and modern design.  (image credit: Pocket-lint)

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