Friday, December 29 2017

Evolution of Windows 1.0 Part 3: InfoWorld demo

There were actually two minor demonstrations of early Windows builds between the official product announcement on 10th November and Fall Comdex 1983 on 29th November. The first one was held on 14th November at Microsoft's offices in Bellevue, Washington for InfoWorld staff, with a major article published in their 21st November 1983 issue. The second one was on 22nd November, with an article published in February 1984 issue of Golden magazine. Today we'll be looking at the InfoWorld demo build.

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Sunday, December 3 2017

Warez list sorting in progress

Expect changes on the warez lists page

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Sunday, November 19 2017

Switch to Chicago

The recent (re)leak of Windows 95 build 90c sparked some new interest in these early builds, and a relatively obscure feature recieved its small share of attention: the ability to run Windows 3.1 in a window inside Chicago.

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Thursday, November 9 2017

Evolution of Windows 1.0 Part 2: The announcement build

On November 10th, 1983, Microsoft officially announced Windows in New York. The initial release date was scheduled for April 1984. In hindsight, this was obviously far too optimistic and probably also part of Microsoft's strategy to secure early endorsement by OEMs and ISVs as well as limiting their growing competition in the GUI market. As part of the announcement, a pre-release version was briefly demonstrated to the attendees, and luckily, some people took photos of it, which we'll analyze below.

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Sunday, November 5 2017

Evolution of Windows 1.0 Part 1 follow-up

As promised in part 1, here are some additional thoughts regarding the build that was shown in BYTE's December 1983 issue, as well as some other related bits.

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