Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd May 2010 21:33 UTC
Windows "The first truly successful Microsoft Windows operating system is twenty years old today; Windows 3.0 was launched on the 22nd of May 1990 and was the successor to Windows 2.1x. The Graphics User interface (technically it was not an operating system) sat on top of MS-DOS and could run applications for the operating system from within a Window and many might fondly remember that it was available on 5.25-inch high density floppy disks. More significantly, it proved to be the perfect partner for Intel's then-new range of 386 processor, which bought protected mode and extended memory capabilities to the market."
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by Neolander on Sun 23rd May 2010 06:07 UTC in reply to "Blah..."
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3.0 might have been the first version of Windows to actually be successful, but IMO it didn't get decent until 95. But then, since when does "success" ever correspond to "quality" in the first place? What's amazing is that it's been 20 years since the first commercially successful version of Windows, yet it took almost that long to get rid of most of the annoyances. And yet some stupid ones remain to this day.

That's because each time you remove some old annoyances, there's someone to put some new ones. Maybe in order to motivate people to buy future updates ?

Eg : Win95 was somewhat stable and efficient. It could have remained light-weight. Then Microsoft integrated IE everywhere to justify its infamous presence, and it was the end. W2K had almost no built-in annoyances, it worked just perfectly well for most things. Then XP was made cartoonish, heavy as hell (including the task manager, which was just plain stupid), and full of stupid popups. And after getting somewhat usable finally, the Windows GUI was completely redone in Vista for no special reason, so that it becomes unreadable and unintuitive again...

Edited 2010-05-23 06:10 UTC

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