What is Windows OS

Windows is an operating system founded by Microsoft which is one of the most recognized computer OS out there. It utilizes the GUI instead of the older command line interface. It’s hard to find a computer user who hasn’t tried Windows at least once. The navigation throughout the OS is incredibly easy, and the functions are capable of competing with other popular operating systems such as MacOS and Linux. The first version of the Windows was released on November 10, 1983, and it reached the Windows 10 which is the most recent version of the OS. In the long path, Microsoft introduced a significant number of versions including the evergreen Windows XP and the modern Windows 7.

Based on many researchers and internet persons, the most successful version of the Windows series was the Windows XP. The fun fact is that Even after a decade and half of the release on August 24, 2001, there are still a considerable amount of Windows XP users worldwide. Even the modern versions like Windows 7 and 10 hold the majority, the XP is still evergreen in numerous offices and word rooms.

Windows Versions, Complete List

In the long journey, Microsoft released numerous versions of the OS. All of them are listed below with their version numbers.

Operating System Version Number
Windows 1.0 1.04
Windows 2.0 2.11
Windows 3.0 3
Windows NT 3.1 3.10.528
Windows for Workgroups 3.11 3.11
Windows NT Workstation 3.5 3.5.807
Windows NT Workstation 3.51 3.51.1057
Windows 95 4.0.950
Windows NT Workstation 4.0 4.0.1381
Windows 98 4.1.1998
Windows 98 Second Edition 4.1.2222
Windows Me 4.90.3000
Windows 2000 Professional 5.0.2195
Windows XP 5.1.2600
Windows Vista 6.0.6000
Windows 7 6.1.7600
Windows 8.1 6.3.9600
Windows 10 10.0.10240

If you ever wondered why the Windows is called “Windows,” here is the answer. Before the real GUI based Windows OS, Microsoft users used the MS-DOS which was a command line based OS. So, after implementing the GUI on their OS, they were able to produce multiple “windows” of programs in their OS. This later lead to naming their OS as Windows. Thanks for Bill Gates for such a single word and catchy name for the revolutionary OS.


Muhammed Swalih is a Blogger by profession who also has a great taste in Web Development, SEO, Graphic Designing, etc.

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