The Original Microsoft Windows 1.0 Press Release

Going viral on on Mashable is the press released issued on 20 November 1985.

Just 25 years ago, the world was very different to the one we live in today. Take a look at the demo video:



“Microsoft Windows extends the features of the DOS operating system, yet is compatible with most existing applications that run under DOS. Windows lets users integrate the tasks they perform with their computer by providing the ability to work with several programs at the same time and easily switch between them without having to quit and restart individual applications. In addition, it provides a rich foundation for a new generation of applications.

“Windows provides unprecedented power to users today and a foundation for hardware and software advancements of the next few years,” said Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft. “It is unique software designed for the serious PC user, who places high value on the productivity that a personal computer can bring.”

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie found the original press kit for Windows 1.0 in a sealed packet in his office, and uploaded the details onto his personal blog.

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