Today in 1985, Microsoft released the first version of their Windows operating system, Windows 1.0. Founder Bill Gates was inspired to create a graphical user interface after seeing a demonstration of VisiCorp’s Visi On GUI. Initial reactions were lukewarm, but many saw the potential of Windows to become what it is today. In November 1987, […]
Today in 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95 in North America. Windows 95 was the first Microsoft operating system to combine the Windows OS with MS-DOS. It also introduced the now-familiar graphical user interface, including the Taskbar and Start button. Windows 95 made Microsoft and its OS a household name.
Today in 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice began a suit against Microsoft, claiming they were illegally thwarting competition in order to protect and extend their software monopoly. Specifically, it centered around the bundling of Internet Explorer with Microsoft’s Windows operating system and what that meant for other internet browsers at the time. After years […]