Windows 1.0Windows 1.0, released November 20th 1985.
This first edition was a break from the norm in terms of usability.
It enabled users to use a mouse to navigate the system and use its various
functions and applications that were included.
Applications included were a set of desktop applications (MS-DOS File
Management Program), a calendar, card file, notepad, calculator, clock and
telecommunications programs allowing users to manage their day-to-day activites
much like a PDA does today. It also allowed users to switch between programs
without needing to quit and restart them.
The OS itself had 256 colours ability, resizable windows, a reserved
area of minimized programs (the original concept of task bar) and the ability
to customize the appearance of windows. Microsoft began to include what we
now call a "Control Panel" in its first version of Windows (1.x). It came
with a lot of interface controls that are still seen in versions of Windows
today such as text boxes, radio buttons, scrolling bars and menu items.
In the interface of Windows 1.0, windows can be maximized, minimized
or tiled. The active windows cannot be overlapped instead of tiled. There
is no option to cascade windows, so it is inconvenient to show more windows
at the same time.
Microsoft announced the idea of windows in spring 1983. But the first
version of Windows, Windows 1.0 was not released until August 1985. Windows
1.x is based on MS-DOS 2.0. Due to the hardware limitation and software limitation
of MS-DOS 2.0, it was not successful compared to windows versions later than
Windows 3.1. However, Microsoft did have a good chance to aim the operating
system at fast
developing IBM compatible computers. It took 55 programmers one year to develop this system.
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