Since his birth as operating system in 1985, Windows changed the appearance of your desk on more than a dozen occasions in a progression that continues to the present day and has left behind some features to better serve the interests of a user who, like the system, has changed over the years.
These changes were not only aesthetic, but also served to introduce new functions or features, such as a bar tools, program icons, or a cursor. Although initially these were added and caught the attention of people, they are now common and their presence is not surprising.
This is the evolution of the Windows system since its birth:
Windows 1.0 (1985)
The first version of Windows is nothing like the one you have now. In 1985 Microsoft began to develop this system, which was mainly intended for office tasks and did not have many functions.
Windows 1.0 At that time, it had a file manager, calendar, notes, calculator, clock, and regarding entertainment, it only had a game called Reversi. his memory of 640 kilobytes It was more than enough by the standards of that time.
Windows 2.0 (1987)
It was only in this second version of Windows that the function of overlapping tabs was introduced, the interface was given a new color and it represents the first appearance of the Excel and Microsoft Word programs.
The rest of the functions, such as the calculator, the clock, and other office functions, were maintained with respect to the previous version.
Windows 3.0 (1990)
The third version of Windows for the first time saw the appearance of color not as a desktop theme, but as an individual feature of icons and programs. Thanks to the changes, its appearance was more user-friendly.
The program manager and the file manager appeared for the first time, as well as the well-known game of Solitaire and the Control Panel that is known until now.
Windows 95 (1995)
This version was later than Windows NT, an advanced version of 3.0. The arrival of Windows 95 represented the arrival of features that are preserved to this day such as the taskbar and the addition of the start button.
Also, it was with this system that programs first introduced minimize, maximize, and close buttons.
Windows 98 (1998)
The progression from Windows 95 to 98 brought with it other major changes that can be seen even today. The shortcut bar, a fully active desktop, and, along with Internet Explorer, an address bar, were introduced for the first time.
Also, unlike its previous version, this system did allow you to minimize a window by clicking on its icon in the toolbar.
Windows XP (2001)
After going through two versions called Windows 2000 and Windows Me, Microsoft develops a desktop much closer to what users know today and with a greater number of programs and utilities.
The commercial success of this version of the system was such that it was supported until 2014 and today many of its characteristics, technical and aesthetic, are maintained.
The aesthetic section has what was seen in previous versions, but presented in a friendly way so that users can operate on their systems without problems.
Windows 7 (2009)
After the bad feedback received from the update to Windows Vista, the new version of Windows 7 reached users with a significant improvement over its predecessor.
The desktop got widgets like calendar and clock for this version and added the ability to preview active programs on the taskbar by simply hovering over the corresponding buttons.
In addition, a “transparent” appearance was given to both the window frames and the toolbar and start menu.
Windows 8 (2012)
With the arrival of the 2010s, touch screen devices became more common and that is why Windows 8 had a look that was more like an applications menu on a mobile device.
The adaptation to this new aesthetic led to the start menu occupying the entire screen and XBox services were integrated. Functions such as the video and audio player changed their aesthetic appearance to be more in line with the 2D theme of the system.
Windows 10 (2015)
Stepped back from the idea of the apps menu taking up the entire screen and used the same idea in a more familiar setting within the start menu, which not only contained frequently used apps, but also sorted them by name to help locate them.
Windows 11 (2021)
The current version of Windows and which was recently updated in 2022. Windows 11 no longer has the start bar aligned to the left by default, but can also be centered at the bottom of the screen.
The start menu completely changed to again present the icons of the programs and applications in a user-friendly way
A new Windows in 2024
During the Microsoft Surface event in which it presented its new devices, a Windows interface could be seen that does not resemble the one that is active with Windows 11 and, on the contrary, has many differences, starting with a floating toolbar.
In addition, it could be noticed that the built-in elements of time, device battery and weather are no longer located at the bottom of the screen, but at the top.
According to the Windows Central website, this design would be coming to user devices as an update in the year 2024 and would be integrated into the timeline of the changes that the Microsoft system has experienced over the years.
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