Journey From Windows 95 To Windows 10
With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft continues more than three decades of making operating systems for personal computers. Microsoft has always remained a trustworthy name in the field of personal computers and its Windows operating system is used by billions of people worldwide.
Microsoft got its start with PCs in 1981 through a partnership with IBM. Microsoft made the software that ran IBM’s hardware, and later machines made by other manufacturers. Ever since then, there was no looking back for Microsoft and its products. They have contributed to the legacy of the personal computer for ages now and will continue to do so for a very long time to come.
Windows ’95 was the first truly big launch for Microsoft which was headed by Bill Gates. The company worked tirelessly on the build-up and hype of the new Windows. The hype worked: Computer users lined up to be the first to buy it.
Microsoft sold millions of copies within the first few weeks. Windows 95 brought built-in Internet support and “plug and play” tools to make it easier to install software and attach hardware. With Windows 95, Microsoft started branding the Windows OS with the year of its release.
Journey since then
Microsoft subsequently released various versions over the years, right up till 2015, when it launched Windows 10. The aim of these launches was to fix the bugs and technical glitches caused in the previous issues of Windows. Windows 98 SE (1999), Windows 2000 (2000), Windows XP (2001), Windows Vista (2006), Windows 7 (2009) are all releases of Windows OS over the years which were done to repair the mechanical errors with the previous versions of the OS. Windows 8 (2012) was released in order to compete with Apple releasing its iPhone flagship device in the market. Microsoft was hell-bent on competing with Apple and ensuring that they do not lose out on market share.
Windows 10, launched in 2015 was the most ambitious and comprehensive update in Microsoft’s history and one that aims to unify different types of static and mobile devices and usher the PC firmly into the modern, connected, always-on world. The software comes with a multitude of apps focused on entertainment purposes including Microsoft Groove. Microsoft’s cloud storage service, is backed in as well.
More importantly, Microsoft began to recognize that the PC is just one element of the current technological landscape and so the new operating system will co-ordinate nicely with other devices thanks to the Microsoft Phone Companion app. It will allow iPhone and Android smartphone owners to connect to a Windows 10 PC and move documents and files about, according to their convenience. Thus, Microsoft gradually realized the need to focus on different elements in isolation, instead of mixing them up and failing to do both justice.
The road from Windows 95 to Windows 10 has been one of ups and downs but Microsoft has been consistently and continually delivering quality services to its customers.
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by techtalks @TechTalks June 3, 2016 4:28 AM UTC