An operating system is a piece of software that manages all other software applications and hardware on a machine, providing a common platform for programmes and enabling the computer to function. Today, almost all devices- from Computers to Smartphones and Smart-gadgets need an operating system to function. While a few operating systems are optimised to run on specific hardware, several are designed to run on a wide range of devices. Operating systems are generally pre-installed onto the devices. The commonly used desktop operating systems include Windows, OS X and Linux. Microsoft Windows operating system continues to be the most common desktop operating system at home and in the office.
Microsoft Windows is the world’s predominant desktop operating system (OS) in December 2020, with a stake of 76.56% ¹ . Since its initial release in 1985, Microsoft Windows has emerged continuously. Some noteworthy Windows OS variant releases include Windows 95, Windows XP and Windows 7. Windows 10 is the newest addition to the family that runs on PCs, tablets and embedded devices.
The Windows operating system was introduced in 1985 by Microsoft. Since the time of launch, it has been the most popular and user-friendly operating system. The user does not need to know the commands or coding for daily computing needs to manage the Windows devices.
Explore the infographic that talks about the Evolution of Windows Operating Systems over the years, the different iterations and versions it has launched in the past and which versions performed well technically and commercially.
Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.