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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Tuesday, September 26 2017

Blog changes

New theme and subdomain, blog setup should be finalized now.

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Saturday, September 23 2017

Evolution of Windows 1.0 Part 1: The "Interface Manager"

In this first part of the series on the development of Windows 1.0 I'll be discussing the photos of the earliest known Windows 1.0 build, published in December 1983 issue of BYTE magazine. This build was demonstrated to Phil Lemmons, as well as some other people, and is often called "Interface Manager", the name of the project before it was renamed to Windows.

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