Microsoft Windows Design Evolution

Windows 1.0 (1985)

Windows 1.01 title screen (1985)

Windows 1.01 title screen (1985)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 1.01 desktop (1985)

Windows 1.01 desktop (1985)
Source: zdnet.com

Windows 1.01 MS-DOS Executive (file explorer) (1985)

Windows 1.01 MS-DOS Executive (file explorer) (1985)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 1.01 apps on the desktop (1985)

Windows 1.01 apps on the desktop (1985)
Source: time.com

Windows 2.0 (1987)

Windows 2.0 title screen (1987)

Windows 2.0 title screen (1987)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 2.03 desktop with apps (1987)

Windows 2.03 desktop with apps (1987)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 2.03 desktop with apps (1987)

Windows 2.03 desktop with apps (1987)
Source: bt.com

Windows 2.03 desktop with apps (1987)

Windows 2.03 desktop with apps (1987)
Source: theverge.com

Windows 3.0 (1990)

Windows 3.0 title screen (1990)

Windows 3.0 title screen (1990)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 3.0 desktop with apps (1990)

Windows 3.0 desktop with apps (1990)
Source: wikipedia.org

Windows 3.0 desktop with apps (1990)

Windows 3.0 desktop with apps (1990)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 3.0 control panel (1990)

Windows 3.0 control panel (1990)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 3.1, Windows NT 3.1, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (1992-1993)

Windows 3.1 title screen (1992)

Windows 3.1 title screen (1992)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 3.1 desktop with apps (1992)

Windows 3.1 desktop with apps (1992)
Source: theverge.com

Windows 3.1 desktop with apps (1992)

Windows 3.1 desktop with apps (1992)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 3.1 control panel (1992)

Windows 3.1 control panel (1992)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 3.1 installation screen (1992)

Windows 3.1 installation screen (1992)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 95 (1995)

Windows 95 title screen (1995)

Windows 95 title screen (1995)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 95 desktop first time user (1995)

Windows 95 desktop first time user (1995)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 95 desktop with apps (1995)

Windows 95 desktop with apps (1995)
Source: theverge.com

Windows 95 control panel (1995)

Windows 95 control panel (1995)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 95 installation screen (1995)

Windows 95 installation screen (1995)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 98 (1998)

Windows 98 title screen (1998)

Windows 98 title screen (1998)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 98 desktop first time user (1998)

Windows 98 desktop first time user (1998)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 98 desktop with apps (1998)

Windows 98 desktop with apps (1998)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 98 Windows Explorer (1998)

Windows 98 Windows Explorer (1998)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 98 control panel (1998)

Windows 98 control panel (1998)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 98 installation screen (1998)

Windows 98 installation screen (1998)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 2000 Professional and Server (2000)

Windows 2000 Pro and Server title screens (2000)

Windows 2000 Pro and Server title screens (2000)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 2000 desktop first time user (2000)

Windows 2000 desktop first time user (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 2000 desktop with apps (2000)

Windows 2000 desktop with apps (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 2000 Windows Explorer (2000)

Windows 2000 Windows Explorer (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 2000 control panel (2000)

Windows 2000 control panel (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows 2000 installation screen (2000)

Windows 2000 installation screen (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows ME (2000)

Windows ME title screen (2000)

Windows ME title screen (2000)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows ME clean desktop (2000)

Windows ME clean desktop (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows ME desktop with apps (2000)

Windows ME desktop with apps (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows ME Windows Explorer (2000)

Windows ME Windows Explorer (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows ME control panel (2000)

Windows ME control panel (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows ME installation screen (2000)

Windows ME installation screen (2000)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows XP (2001)

Windows XP title screen (2001)

Windows XP title screen (2001)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows XP clean desktop (2001)

Windows XP clean desktop (2001)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows XP desktop with apps (2001)

Windows XP desktop with apps (2001)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows XP Windows Explorer (2001)

Windows XP Windows Explorer (2001)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows XP control panel (2001)

Windows XP control panel (2001)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows XP installation screen (2001)

Windows XP installation screen (2001)
Source: guidebookgallery.org

Windows Vista (2006)

Windows Vista title screen (2006)

Windows Vista title screen (2006)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows Vista desktop (2006)

Windows Vista desktop (2006)
Source: fandom.com

Windows Vista Windows Explorer (2006)

Windows Vista Windows Explorer (2006)
Source: fandom.com

Windows Vista control panel (2006)

Windows Vista control panel (2006)
Source: computerperformance.co.uk

Windows 7 (2009)

Windows 7 title screen (2009)

Windows 7 title screen (2009)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 7 clean desktop (2009)

Windows 7 clean desktop (2009)
Source: softonic.com

Windows 7 Windows Explorer (2009)

Windows 7 Windows Explorer (2009)
Source: microsoft.com

Windows 7 control panel (2009)

Windows 7 control panel (2009)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 7 installation screen (2009)

Windows 7 installation screen (2009)
Source: windows-server-training.com

Windows 8 (2012)

Windows 8 title screen (2012)

Windows 8 title screen (2012)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 8 desktop (2012)

Windows 8 desktop (2012)
Source: theverge.com

Windows 8 apps list (2012)

Windows 8 apps list (2012)
Source: cnet.com

Windows 8 control panel (2012)

Windows 8 control panel (2012)
Source: wikihow.com

Windows 8 installation screen (2012)

Windows 8 installation screen (2012)
Source: azurecurve.co.uk

Windows 10 (2015)

Windows 10 title screen (2015)

Windows 10 title screen (2015)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 10 desktop (2015)

Windows 10 desktop (2015)
Source: theverge.com

Windows 10 desktop (2015)

Windows 10 desktop (2015)
Source: extremetech.com

Windows 10 settings (2015)

Windows 10 settings (2015)
Source: controlpanelwindows10.com

Windows 10 installation screen (2015)

Windows 10 installation screen (2015)
Source: lifehacker.com

Next: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Microsoft.com

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