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Sunday may not have felt like a particularly special day, but 30 years ago on November 10, the face of personal computing changed with the debut of Microsoft Windows -- although the verdict may still be out on whether it was for better or worse.
Gizmodo reported Sunday that November 10 marked the 30th anniversary since Bill Gates unveiled Microsoft Windows in 1983, a milestone that makes the operating system something of a dinosaur in computer years.
While Windows may mean different things to different people today thanks to Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Phone 8 and even Xbox One, 30 years ago it was simply a graphical shell laid atop MS-DOS -- an effort to make computing more friendly and less user-hostile.
"But Windows 1.0 had many defining OS features, like a calendar, clock, Microsoft Paint, a text editor, terminal, and clipboard," Gizmodo remarked. "Windows allowed users to view multiple program windows at once, yup, though they couldn't overlap at all. The early days of tiles! And 1.0 enabled data transfer between programs. Plus, it came with drivers for things like keyboards and the Microsoft Mouse, which had debuted earlier in 1983."
It's certainly hard to remember just how bad Windows 1.0 was at the time, although Microsoft occasionally sends us a reminder with the release of Windows ME and Windows Vista, just to name a couple of turkeys the company has foisted upon an unsuspecting public over the last three decades.
In any event, happy anniversary, Microsoft Windows! You'll never be Mac OS X, but apparently that's okay with the vast majority of computer users.
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