I thought it might be fun to do a quick walk through on the history of Windows. Microsoft already has a slightly outdated history page setup, and I wanted to do something a little different than them.




So the first thing that I’ve got below is a video that has both screenshots from Windows Operating Systems over the past 20 years, including the startup sounds once they had become available. Below the video I’ve got a bulleted list of release dates for all of the major milestones.

Can you believe that Windows has been out over 20 years already?

–Video–

Here is a video with a lot of screenshots from past versions of Windows. It also gives you the history of Windows startup sounds once you get to Windows 3.1 and beyond.

–Release Dates–

Here is a Windows timeline of releases that span more than 20 years:

  • Windows 1.0 – November 20, 1985
  • Windows 2.0 – December 9, 1987
  • Windows 3.0 – May 22, 1990
  • Windows 3.1 – April 6, 1992
  • Windows NT 3.1 – July 27, 1993
  • Windows 95 – August 24, 1995
  • Windows NT 4.0 – August 24, 1996
  • Windows 98 – June 25, 1998
  • Windows 98 SE – May 9, 1999
  • Windows 2000 – February 17, 2000
  • Windows Me – September 14, 2000
  • Windows XP – October 25, 2001
  • Windows Server 2003 – April 25, 2003
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition 2003 – December 18, 2003
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 – October 12, 2004
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition – April 25, 2005
  • Windows Vista (corporate launch) – November 30, 2006
  • Windows Vista (consumer launch) – January 30, 2007