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15 Things About Windows Operating System Most People Don’t Know

Windows Operating System is one of the most popular and widely used operating systems in the world. It has been around for more than three decades and has evolved significantly over the years. However, there are still many things about Windows that most people don’t know or have never heard of. In this blog post, I will share with you 15 amazing facts about Windows that will surprise you and make you appreciate this operating system even more.

1. Windows was originally called Interface Manager. This was the name given by Microsoft to its graphical user interface project in 1981. However, the name was changed to Windows before the first version was released in 1985, because it described the multiple windows that users could open and work with on the screen.

2. Windows 1.0 was not a complete operating system, but rather an extension of MS-DOS. MS-DOS was the dominant operating system for IBM-compatible PCs at the time, but it was text-based and lacked graphical features. Windows 1.0 provided a graphical shell that ran on top of MS-DOS and allowed users to run multiple applications in different windows.

3. Windows 3.0, released in 1990, was the first version of Windows to achieve widespread commercial success. It introduced many features that are still present in modern Windows versions, such as the Program Manager, File Manager, Control Panel, and icons. It also supported 16 colors and enhanced graphics modes.

4. Windows 95, released in 1995, was the first version of Windows to have a Start menu and a taskbar. It also introduced the concept of plug and play, which enabled users to easily install and use hardware devices without manual configuration. Windows 95 also supported long file names, up to 255 characters.

5. Windows XP, released in 2001, was the first version of Windows to have a product activation feature. This required users to activate their copy of Windows within 30 days of installation, either online or by phone, to prevent software piracy. Windows XP also introduced the Luna theme, which gave Windows a more colorful and rounded appearance.

6. Windows Vista, released in 2006, was the first version of Windows to have a transparent glass effect on the windows and taskbar, known as Aero. It also introduced the Sidebar, which displayed various widgets on the desktop, such as a clock, a calendar, and a weather forecast.

7. Windows 7, released in 2009, was the first version of Windows to have a touch screen support. It also introduced the Snap feature, which allowed users to resize and arrange windows by dragging them to the edges of the screen. Windows 7 also improved the performance and security of Windows Vista.


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8. Windows 8, released in 2012, was the first version of Windows to have a Start screen instead of a Start menu. It also introduced the Metro design language, which featured flat and colorful tiles that represented apps and services. Windows 8 was designed to work on both traditional PCs and tablets.

9. Windows 10, released in 2015, was the first version of Windows to have a digital assistant called Cortana. It also introduced the Edge browser, which replaced Internet Explorer as the default web browser. Windows 10 also brought back the Start menu and added a new feature called Continuum, which automatically switched between desktop and tablet modes depending on the device.

10. Windows NT (New Technology) is a family of operating systems that are separate from the main Windows line. They are designed for more advanced and professional users and have more features and capabilities than regular Windows versions. The first version of Windows NT was released in 1993 and the current version is Windows 10.

11. Windows CE (Compact Edition) is a family of operating systems that are designed for small and embedded devices, such as smartphones, PDAs, handheld computers, and game consoles. The first version of Windows CE was released in 1996 and the current version is Windows Embedded Compact 2013.

12. Windows ME (Millennium Edition) is considered by many to be the worst version of Windows ever made. It was released in 2000 as an update to Windows 98, but it had many bugs, compatibility issues, stability problems, and security flaws. It was also criticized for its poor performance and lack of innovation.

13. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is a special version of Windows XP that supports 64-bit processors and applications. It was released in 2005 as an alternative to Windows XP Professional for users who needed more memory and processing power than what 32-bit systems could offer.

14. Windows RT is a version of Windows that runs on ARM-based devices, such as tablets and laptops. It was released in 2012. If you love Windows and want to use it on different devices, you should check out Windows RT! Windows RT is a special version of Windows that runs on ARM-based devices, such as tablets and laptops. This means you can enjoy the familiar Windows experience on a device that is light, portable and energy-efficient. Windows RT comes with many built-in apps and features, such as Office, Mail, Photos and more. You can also download more apps from the Microsoft Store. Windows RT is a great way to stay productive and entertained on the go!

15. Since 2009, sales of Windows 7 and Windows 8 units is more than the whole population of Europe.


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