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 Calendar (1985)

Windows 1.01 Calendar (1985)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 1.01 Calculator and Clipboard (1985)

Windows 1.01 Calculator and Clipboard (1985)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 1.01 Calendar, Notepad, and Cardfile on CRT display (1985)

Windows 1.01 Calendar, Notepad, and Cardfile on CRT display (1985)
Source: time.com

Windows 1.01 Control Panel Preferences (1985)

Windows 1.01 Control Panel Preferences (1985)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 1.01 Desktop with Clock, Reversi, and About Dialog (1985)

Windows 1.01 Desktop with Clock, Reversi, and About Dialog (1985)
Source: winsource.com

Windows 2.0 (1987)

Windows 2.03 Title Screen (1987)

Windows 2.03 Title Screen (1987)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 2.03 desktop with apps (1987)

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

Windows 2.0 Desktop with Calculator, Microsoft Multiplan on CRT display (1987)

Windows 2.0 Desktop with Calculator, Microsoft Multiplan on CRT display (1987)
Source: bt.com

Windows 2.0 Control Panel (1987)

Windows 2.0 Control Panel (1987)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 2.0 Desktop with Reversi and Calculator (1987)

Windows 2.0 Desktop with Reversi and Calculator (1987)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 3.0 (1990)

Windows 3.0 Title Screen (1990)

Windows 3.0 Title Screen (1990)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 3.0 Desktop (1990)

Windows 3.0 Desktop (1990)
Source: wikipedia.org

Windows 3.0 Desktop with Write, Paintbrush, and Calculator (1990)

Windows 3.0 Desktop with Write, Paintbrush, and Calculator (1990)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 3.0 Control Panel (1990)

Windows 3.0 Control Panel (1990)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 3.0 Control Panel, Task List, and Custom Background (1990)

Windows 3.0 Control Panel, Task List, and Custom Background (1990)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 3.0 Desktop with Solitaire and Clock (1990)

Windows 3.0 Desktop with Solitaire and Clock (1990)
Source: toastytech.com

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

Windows 3.1, NT 3.1, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 Title Screens (1992)

Windows 3.1, NT 3.1, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 Title Screens (1992)
Source: Version Museum

Windows 3.1 Program Manager (1992)

Windows 3.1 Program Manager (1992)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 3.1 Desktop with Program Manager, File Manager, and Clock (1992)

Windows 3.1 Desktop with Program Manager, File Manager, and Clock (1992)
Source: theverge.com

Windows 3.1 File Manager (1992)

Windows 3.1 File Manager (1992)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 3.1 MS Word and MS Excel (1992)

Windows 3.1 MS Word and MS Excel (1992)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 3.1 Control Panel (1992)

Windows 3.1 Control Panel (1992)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 3.1 Solitaire and Minesweeper (1992)

Windows 3.1 Solitaire and Minesweeper (1992)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 3.11 Hearts Network Game (1992)

Windows 3.11 Hearts Network Game (1992)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 3.1 Setup/Installation (1992)

Windows 3.1 Setup/Installation (1992)
Source: wordpress.com

Windows 95 (1995)

Windows 95 Title Screen (1995)

Windows 95 Title Screen (1995)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 95 Welcome Dialog (1995)

Windows 95 Welcome Dialog (1995)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 95 Start Menu (1995)

Windows 95 Start Menu (1995)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 95 Windows Explorer (1995)

Windows 95 Windows Explorer (1995)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 95 Save As Dialog (1995)

Windows 95 Save As Dialog (1995)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 95 MS-DOS Prompt (1995)

Windows 95 MS-DOS Prompt (1995)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 95 Control Panel (1995)

Windows 95 Control Panel (1995)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 95 Setup/Installation Start (1995)

Windows 95 Setup/Installation Start (1995)
Source: howtogeek.com

Windows 95 Setup Wizard (1995)

Windows 95 Setup Wizard (1995)
Source: howtogeek.com

Windows 98 (1998)

Windows 98 Title Screen (1998)

Windows 98 Title Screen (1998)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 98 Desktop with Welcome Dialog (1998)

Windows 98 Desktop with Welcome Dialog (1998)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 98 System Properties (1998)

Windows 98 System Properties (1998)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 98 Windows Explorer (1998)

Windows 98 Windows Explorer (1998)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 98 Windows Control Panel (1998)

Windows 98 Windows Control Panel (1998)
Source: cwdixon.com/

Windows 98 Shut Down Screen (1998)

Windows 98 Shut Down Screen (1998)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 98 Installation/Setup (1998)

Windows 98 Installation/Setup (1998)
Source: winworldpc.com

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 Login Window (2000)

Windows 2000 Login Window (2000)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 2000 Start Menu (2000)

Windows 2000 Start Menu (2000)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 2000 Windows Explorer (2000)

Windows 2000 Windows Explorer (2000)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 2000 User and Password Management (2000)

Windows 2000 User and Password Management (2000)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows 2000 Running MS Word XP (2000)

Windows 2000 Running MS Word XP (2000)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 2000 Control Panel (2000)

Windows 2000 Control Panel (2000)
Source: dotcio.rpi.edu

Windows 2000 Shut Down Screen (2000)

Windows 2000 Shut Down Screen (2000)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 2000 Installation/Setup (2000)

Windows 2000 Installation/Setup (2000)
Source: beagle.com.au

Windows ME (2000)

Windows ME Title Screen (2000)

Windows ME Title Screen (2000)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows ME Start Menu (2000)

Windows ME Start Menu (2000)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows ME Windows Explorer (2000)

Windows ME Windows Explorer (2000)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows ME Windows Media Player (2000)

Windows ME Windows Media Player (2000)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows ME Control Panel (2000)

Windows ME Control Panel (2000)
Source: simplehelp.net

Windows ME Blue Screen of Death (2000)

Windows ME Blue Screen of Death (2000)
Source: winworldpc.com

Windows XP (2001)

Windows XP Title Screen (2001)

Windows XP Title Screen (2001)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows XP Login Screen (2001)

Windows XP Login Screen (2001)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows XP Start Menu (2001)

Windows XP Start Menu (2001)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows XP Windows Explorer (2001)

Windows XP Windows Explorer (2001)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows XP Alternate Theme (2001)

Windows XP Alternate Theme (2001)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows XP Control Panel (2001)

Windows XP Control Panel (2001)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows XP Control Panel Classic View (2001)

Windows XP Control Panel Classic View (2001)
Source: suffieldacademy.org

Windows XP Shut Down/Turn Off Computer Screen (2001)

Windows XP Shut Down/Turn Off Computer Screen (2001)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows XP Setup/Installation Start (2001)

Windows XP Setup/Installation Start (2001)
Source: suffieldacademy.org

Windows XP Setup/Installation Screen (2001)

Windows XP Setup/Installation Screen (2001)
Source: suffieldacademy.org

Windows Vista (2006)

Windows Vista Title Screen (2006)

Windows Vista Title Screen (2006)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows Vista Start Menu (2006)

Windows Vista Start Menu (2006)
Source: fandom.com

Windows Vista Windows Explorer (2006)

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

Windows Vista Control Panel (2006)

Windows Vista Control Panel (2006)
Source: computerperformance.co.uk

Windows Vista Flip 3D (2006)

Windows Vista Flip 3D (2006)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 7 (2009)

Windows 7 Title Screen (2009)

Windows 7 Title Screen (2009)
Source: techrepublic.com

Windows 7 Start Menu and About Windows Dialog (2009)

Windows 7 Start Menu and About Windows Dialog (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/Setup Screen (2009)

Windows 7 Installation/Setup 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 Metro Interface Desktop (2012)

Windows 8 Metro Interface Desktop (2012)
Source: theverge.com

Windows 8 Apps List (2012)

Windows 8 Apps List (2012)
Source: cnet.com

Windows 8 Task Manager (2012)

Windows 8 Task Manager (2012)
Source: toastytech.com

Windows 8 PC Settings (2012)

Windows 8 PC Settings (2012)
Source: softpedia.com

Windows 8 Control Panel Classic View (2012)

Windows 8 Control Panel Classic View (2012)
Source: wikihow.com

Windows 8 Installation/Setup Screen (2012)

Windows 8 Installation/Setup 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 Control Panel Classic View (2015)

Windows 10 Control Panel Classic View (2015)
Source: rosettastone.com

Windows 10 Installation/Setup Screen (2015)

Windows 10 Installation/Setup Screen (2015)
Source: lifehacker.com

Next: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Microsoft.com

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Also, check out our article on the visual design history of Microsoft Excel which launched in 1982.

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