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Microsoft Windows turns 40 – Slashdot

Longtime Slashdot reader cusco writes: Forty years ago today, Microsoft announced a new graphical user interface for MS-DOS. Similar to the Apple Mac, this project, inspired by the Xerox PARC project Alto, was the first attempt to address the user unfriendliness of standard computer interfaces. The product, named Windows 1.0 after the “windows” created to display individual running programs, generated considerable interest upon its initial release. Unfortunately, bugs (particularly memory management) were difficult to resolve, so the release was delayed by two years, in November 1985.

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