Thursday, March 21 2019

Evolution of Windows 1.0 part 9: 1983/11/20 build

February 1984 issue of the French computer magazine L'Ordinateur Individuel contained a brief article on Microsoft Windows with lots of high quality photos.

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Sunday, March 3 2019

A new Windows 1.0 pre-release build was found

And it's also an OEM release. Imagine that.

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Friday, February 8 2019

The origin of Windows 7's "show desktop" button

Microsoft first experimented with this feature during development of Internet Explorer 4 in 1996 and 1997. It can be observed in a few builds of IE4, IE5, Windows 98 and Windows 2000. I'm not sure whether this was the inspiration for the Windows 7 team, but it's still interesting to see how they came back to this idea a decade later.

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Saturday, January 26 2019

Windows briefly had a "Ship It!" button

In Windows 95 build 302 from 23rd December 1994, you won't find the Start button you'd expect. Not because it's gone, but because it's been renamed to "Ship It!".

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Monday, January 21 2019

Evolution of Windows 1.0 part 8: November 1983 builds

The builds I'll talk about in this part are so far the only ones where we see a sort of proto-build tag being displayed. They're both from November 1983 (if the build tag is to be trusted), and generally look much like (or they actually are) the COMDEX build(s).

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