The History of Windows

2969 WordsApr 7, 200812 Pages
Ever since the invention of the micro computer, there has been a definitive war between companies competing for their share of the professional and private computer market. There have been hundreds of operating systems produced over the years, most of them were not able to maintain a solid customer base, and became extinct. There are a few, however, that have eclipsed the computer world. There is a definite line between consumers for the three most popular operating systems, UNIX, Macintosh, and Windows. Microsoft, who produced Windows, gained wide public support almost from the beginning, leading to a near monopolization of the computer software industry. Here is a history of the Windows operating system as it was introduced back in…show more content…
This version was the last to boast 100% backward compatibility with older windows applications. It was based on the new Intel 386 processor, which greatly improved speed and reliability. This version of Windows also first implemented the use of third-party device drivers, allowing for more focus on writing applications rather than device drivers. Graphical upgrades included the icon based file manager and program manager, making access to data much easier. The addition of the well known card game solitaire also made its debut in the 3.0 version of Windows. Another big leap for Windows 3.x was that it could run in three different memory modes (Windows Products and Technologies History, 2006). Real mode’s only use was for the running of applications built for Windows 2.x. Standard mode was the most common running mode, as it was most compatible with the 286 processor and 1 MB of memory that were in most computers at that time. The last was 386 Enhanced Mode, implemented with all the benefits of standard mode, plus 32-bit addressing and paging for faster memory access. In 386 Enhanced mode, the user could run several MS-DOS based programs, each in their own window, at the same time. Third-party programming support for the 3.0 version exploded, and application companies all over the world were developing programs compatible with Windows 3.0. In the first year of its release, version 3.0 sold
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