Discontinued Microsoft Operating Systems

Microsoft's Retired OS History

A lot of research went into creating this catalog, but as you can imagine, information can be hard to find about many of Microsoft's applications from the early days. Please contact us if you have more items to add to the list, or discover inaccuracies. Thanks!

This article is part of a series. Return home to all discontinued Microsoft products.

Last updated December 17, 2019.

Series: Microsoft Discontinued Product Categories
Business (38) Communications (23) Creative (31)
Developer (50) Education (41) Hardware (24)
Operating Systems (15) Sites & Services (69) Utilities (11)
Complete List of Microsoft Sunset Products (346)

OS/2 (1987-1992)

OS/2 1.0 Boot Screen (1987)

OS/2 1.0 Boot Screen (1987)
Source: os2museum.com

OS/2 1.1 Apps (1987)

OS/2 1.1 Apps (1987)
Source: os2museum.com

OS/2 1.2 About Dialog (1989)

OS/2 1.2 About Dialog (1989)
Source: arstechnica.com

LAN Manager (1987-1994)

Microsoft LAN Manager Setup (1991)

Microsoft LAN Manager Setup (1991)
Source: betaarchive.com

Microsoft LAN Manager Interface (1991)

Microsoft LAN Manager Interface (1991)
Source: bootablecd.de

Microsoft LAN Manager Box (1991)

Microsoft LAN Manager Box (1991)
Source: blogspot.com

Microsoft Bob (1995-1996)

Lifespan: 1 year
Bob was Microsoft's plan to provide an incredibly friendly user interface for people not at all familiar with using computers. It was #7 on PC World's list of top-25 worst tech products of all time (published in 2006).

Microsoft Bob Logo (1995)

Microsoft Bob Logo (1995)
Source: fossbytes.com

Microsoft Bob Home Screen (1995)

Microsoft Bob Home Screen (1995)
Source: theuijunkie.com

Cairo (1991-1996)

Microsoft Cairo Login Screen (1995)

Microsoft Cairo Login Screen (1995)
Source: betawiki.net

Microsoft Cairo User Interface (1993)

Microsoft Cairo User Interface (1993)
Source: betawiki.net

MS-DOS (1981-2000)

MS-DOS Magazine Ads (1981)

MS-DOS Magazine Ads (1981)
Source: reddit.com

Boxes of MS-DOS Early Versions (1985)

Boxes of MS-DOS Early Versions (1985)
Source: microsoft.com

Microsoft MS-DOS Installation Disks (1986)

Microsoft MS-DOS Installation Disks (1986)
Source: betanews.com

Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Release Notes (1994)

Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Release Notes (1994)
Source: tedium.co

Singularity (2007-2008)

Microsoft Singularity Operating System Command Line (2008)

Microsoft Singularity Operating System Command Line (2008)
Source: wikipedia.org

Windows Mobile (2000-2010)

HP 320LX Windows CE Device (1997)

HP 320LX Windows CE Device (1997)
Source: mobiforge.com

HP Jornada Windows CE 3.0 Device (2000)

HP Jornada Windows CE 3.0 Device (2000)
Source: pikabu.ru

Dell Axim X5 Pocket PC

Dell Axim X5 Pocket PC/Source: youtube.com

Windows Mobile 6.5 Screenshots (2014)

Windows Mobile 6.5 Screenshots (2014)
Source: ruggedpcreview.com

Windows Embedded Automotive (1998-2011)

Microsoft Windows Automotive Presentation (2005)

Microsoft Windows Automotive Presentation (2005)
Source: impress.co.jp

Ford Sync Powered By Windows Auto (2011)

Ford Sync Powered By Windows Auto (2011)
Source: crackberry.com

Windows Embedded Compact (1996-2013)

Windows Embedded Compact 7 (2010)

Windows Embedded Compact 7 (2010)
Source: bytesnap.com

HomeOS (2010-2013)

Microsoft HomeOS Logo (2010)

Microsoft HomeOS Logo (2010)
Source: microsoft.com

Microsoft HomeOS Diagram (2010)

Microsoft HomeOS Diagram (2010)
Source: digi.no

Nokia Asha platform (2013-2014)

Nokia Asha 230 Phones (2014)

Nokia Asha 230 Phones (2014)
Source: celularactual.mx

Windows Phone (2010-2015)

Windows Phone 8 Home Screen (2013)

Windows Phone 8 Home Screen (2013)
Source: wallpapersafari.com

Windows RT (2012-2015)

Lumia 2520 Windows RT Device (2013)

Lumia 2520 Windows RT Device (2013)
Source: thenextweb.com

Midori (2008-2015)

Microsoft Midori Logo (2010)

Microsoft Midori Logo (2010)
Source: medium.com

Windows 10 S (2017-2018)

Windows 10 S Press Conference (2017)

Windows 10 S Press Conference (2017)
Source: neowin.net

Windows 10 S Roadmap Slide (2017)

Windows 10 S Roadmap Slide (2017)
Source: neowin.net

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