Windows 1.0 (1985)

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Diana Using Windows 1.0.

As Philip said in the Windows 8 video "Since you said that Windows 8 is like the first one ever, you're going to try the first-ever version of Windows, Windows 1.0.".

OS Info[edit | edit source]

Microsoft Windows 1.0 is an MS-DOS-reliant GUI (Graphical User Interface), which its first version, 1.01, was released in the US on November 25th 1985.

The GUI being run within MS-DOS is how the program shell got its name MS-DOS Executive. However, this was not the first GUI used for DOS, although it touted to be the most innovative and complex. Bill Gates was inspired to develop this operating system by Visi-On, a DOS GUI. This operating system was advertised as Power Windows.

This desktop environment has seen numerous installments and updates through its massive support time. The most drastic of which was Version 1.04, which allowed support from IBM PS/2 computers, although there was no support for PS/2 mice and the new VGA graphics mode. Its support, along with MS-DOS's support lasted for an extremely long period, far past its widespread abandonment. MS-DOS and Windows 1.0 support was terminated officially on 31st December 2001, the longest support time of any Windows operating system.

Tasks[edit | edit source]

  • What time is it?
  • Write and save a text document
  • Have three programs running at once
  • Have the clock running along with your other programs
  • Turn off your computer

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

At the end of the video, Diana retracted her comment on Windows 8 of her saying it looked like "the first Windows ever" in the previous video, although she did admit that 1.0 was easier to navigate and more logical, even when doing things by accident. When asked if she would use Windows 1.0 with modern programs, Diana still preferred Windows 8 over it. When asked what the time was, Diana believed that the clock should be in the bottom right-hand corner as opposed to there being a giant clock filling the screen. She admitted that Windows 8 was an improvement over 1.0, but she still assured of Windows 8 being a failure, both in looks and ease of use. This time though, she intentionally compared Windows 8 to her (as-of-then current) operating system Windows XP, instead of a version older than it.