Microsoft Windows Turns 30: See What the First Version Looked Like

See what the first version of Windows looked like.

ByALYSSA NEWCOMB
November 20, 2015, 11:27 AM

— -- Microsoft Windows turns the big 3-0 today.

Windows 1.0 changed the way we use computers when it was released 30 years ago today. Instead of entering commands, the operating system allowed computer users to use a mouse to point and click through a series of different screens that Bill Gates and his team named "windows".

Other revolutionary new features included drop-down menus, scrolling, icons and the ability to have several programs open at once. Windows 1.0 shipped with several programs including Notepad, Calculator, Paint, Windows Writer and a calendar.

PHOTO: The fully packaged Windows 1.0 is seen in this photo from windows.microsoft.com.
The fully packaged Windows 1.0 is seen in this photo from windows.microsoft.com.
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"It is unique software designed for the serious PC user," Gates said at the time, according to Microsoft.

PHOTO: The Windows 1.0 desktop is seen in this image from windows.microsoft.com.
The Windows 1.0 desktop is seen in this image from windows.microsoft.com.
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Windows has grown over the past 30 years with the latest version -- Windows 10 -- offering a new browser and Cortana integration. Released this summer, Microsoft said it has the ambitious goal of helping more than 1 billion people upgrade to the new software.

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