Windows’ 25th

November 10 marks the official 25th anniversary –maybe it’s “birthday”– of the Windows operating system. That’s the date in 1983 on which Bill Gates announced the forthcoming graphical user interface extension to MS-DOS (less than a month, btw, after the first release of Word). Of course, the actual release of the product didn’t happen until November of 1985 establishing an ever-recurring pattern of Microsoft product releases. I can still remember the front page headline in InfoWorld: “Microsoft Does Windows.” It wasn’t quite so exciting news for me at the time since I was still running our first CP/M based computer. I could never have imaged then that a little over ten years later I would be working in the Microsoft empire.
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