Friday, December 27 2019

Windows 3.0 Test Drive: a demo, bundled with a magazine

Windows 3.0 was a major improvement over its predecessor and Microsoft wanted everyone to see and use it. In fact, they wanted this so much, they gave away copies for free! Well, sort of...

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

Sunday, March 3 2019

A new Windows 1.0 pre-release build was found

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

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...

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!".

Continue reading...

- page 1 of 5