Wednesday, January 31 2018

List of Windows 1.0 OEM releases

Despite the known fact that Windows 1.0 was quite a commercial failure, you'd be surprised to know how many OEMs shipped it with their hardware.

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Monday, January 29 2018

Evolution of Windows 1.0 Part 4: Golden magazine build

We conclude our look at pre-Comdex builds with photos published in February 1984 issue of a French computer magazine called Golden. The photos were part of an interview with CEO of Microsoft France and they reveal several interesting details.

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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, 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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