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November 20, 1985: Microsoft Launches Windows 1.0

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, Windows 2.0 was released and on December 31, 2001, Microsoft officially declared Windows 1.0 obsolete.

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May 18, 1998: United States v. Microsoft Corp.

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 of proceedings (including a ruling that would force Microsoft to break up, and Microsoft's subsequent appeal), a settlement was reached on November 2, 2001. Under the terms of the settlement, Microsoft was required to share their APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) with third-party companies and appoint a panel of three people…

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