Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 18:41 UTC, submitted by MOS6510

The big story in The New York Times on November 20, 1985, concerned Hurricane Kate's advance as it smashed into northern Cuba and the Florida Keys before barreling north to threaten the Gulf Coast. But another big story -- for the technology world -- was about to unfold thousands of miles away in Las Vegas, where the Comdex trade show was getting under way.

Apple had grabbed headlines a year earlier with the introduction of its graphical Macintosh. Now, after two years of delays, Microsoft was finally ready to debut the much-promised Microsoft Windows.

It became the blueprint for many of Microsoft's new product launches. Early versions suck, but get progressively better over the years.

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RE[5]: Is there hope?
by phoenix on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 00:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Is there hope?"
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No, you were on the right track with the evolutionary dead-end.

Windows 1.0 eventually became Windows 9x which became Windows ME and then died out.

Windows NT eventually became Windows XP which is now Windows 7 (there is no other OS after that).

In the same vein, Windows RT is like Windows 1.0. It will probably last 10 years, but will eventually be abondanded, just as the Windows 1.x-9x line did.


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