In pics: The evolution of Microsoft Windows through the years

Microsoft Windows has seen ten major versions since its first release in 1985. Over 30 years, Windows evolved to look very different while retaining a degree of familiarity.

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Microsoft-Windows-has-evolved-to-look-very-different-while-retaining-a-degree-of-familiarity

Microsoft Windows has seen ten major versions since its first release in 1985. Over 30 years, Windows evolved to look very different while retaining a degree of familiarity.

The evolution of Windows is both a reflection on computing power of that generation and the dominant input devices, be it a mouse and keyboard earlier and a touchscreen now.

Here's a brief look at the history of Windows:

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