The History of the Windows Operating System

There was something we wanted to make sure we presented on our website. We have learned from the lessons of history in our short lived time here on our glorious planet. Operating systems are not an exception to this rule. If we understand the history of the Windows Operating System and all its market share intentions we can not only derive what has happened but more importantly what is happening RIGHT NOW based on what will happen.

It started with DOS of course. We all know DOS. At least most of us want to forget it. It was useful for what it was. It was an operating system that allowed us control of our data. Remember though that our data was megabytes big at most in that era. It was a different world then. Windows NT and then Windows 95 were begot from DOS. Actually everything in Windows 95 had DOS right under the hood. Windows 95 then begot Windows 98. This was also a DOS based system. But it was a better more efficient one. It had support for larger disks. It could join a domain easily. It had drivers support that Windows 95 failed at. Yet we were still in DOS and antiquated we were getting fast.

Microsoft promised something "Later and Greater" in late 98 early 99. When the year 2000 rolled out, well Microsoft was just not plain ready for this "Later and Greater" system yet. Instead of telling the world it was coming soon, Microsoft released Millenium Edition. It was later but it sure wasn't greater. Milennium was also DOS under the hood. In fact this was a fast scrapping together of an Operating System. They shipped it with new personal computers in early 2000 and the world jumped. Everyone purchased new computers. They all came with Millenium. Very quickly the world was faced with a problem. Millenium wasn't the heralded system that was touted. It was DOS for the fourth time and this time sold with the implication it was something different. The world was stuck. It happened so fast and Microsoft handled it well by getting Windows 2000 pro together. That shipped in mid 2000. 2000 pro was the forerunner for XP and the heralded introduction into the NTFS file system. It was easier for everyone to upgrade or buy a new computer 6 months later than try to figure out what just happened. Very quickly after that Millenium was donned the worst Operating System ever to be promoted by Microsoft. Then in 6 more months in early 2001 came our favorite out of the bunch so far...XP.

So as for XP it was here to stay. It was the glorious apex of creativity. So from 2001 until the present time Microsoft has had time to really clean up and fix what is now an NTFS architecture. NTFS was the new "latest and greatest" Microsoft heralded in 98 early 99. So 2007 came to pass and the world did not have a new operating systems from Microsoft for the better part of a decade. What happened to our product life cycle? This is what the sales force at Microsoft was asking over and over. Ironically, while all this time went on without a new system, XP has been perfected. It works for everybody we know and deal with, business or otherwise, for EVERYTHING they do without flaw.

Enter Vista in 2007 or 2008ish. We at FullyrealizedMilennium Milennium , LLC call it being Vistafied. We coined the word don't try to google it or anything. Microsoft didn't like the long 7 year disparity between operating systems. We have worked with Vista right from the beginning. Vista is another Millenium. The difference here is that no new and stable operating system came out to save the consumers from the fallout. Then the idea to go back to XP became more like a race. So 7 years later following XP and Vista proved to be an unstable and faulty Operating System. Our company has given Vista several chances. Even with service pack two there are major and unfixable problems in the root of Vistas TCP/IP stack. Errors, problems and other major instabilities plague Vista still. My advice is (was) to make XP do everything that it does so well. Make it perfect and stable on fast hardware and ride out this storm. Clearly the problem with Vista is that it's not better than XP. It's all that was great about the underpinnings of XP exactly. That's because it is the underpinnings of XP. The problem was in the process of building the tower of Vista on top they wrecked crucial elements of the operating system. Sadly, Vista fails right out of the box. Instead of Millenium on top of DOS again its Vista on top of NTFS with a bunch of processes and sales pitches loaded right out of the box. The pervasive thought was that we must STAY STABLE IN XP. Vista has bothered many people I know if but for a short time until they "DOWNGRADED" to XP. It's an updowngrade. It's our word too, so don't Google this one either. Windows 7 came soon after and fixed many of the problems of Vista although the Vista stack is still present in Windows 7. I have worked with it. Its actually stable enough to support and quite a relief from the problems Vista presented. Some of the tools that are available in XP Pro are gone from Windows 7. Here's one more tidbit.We really like Microsoft a great deal. We wanted something wonderful to come out and replace XP that was managable. Windows 7 is close to being as good if not better. We are very fond of XP. It still does anything we need it to, and then more that we have never asked it to do. We will keep and run our own licensed copies until we are old and gray....but it is time to move ahead.. Windows 7 is alot of fun and offers a 64 bit comeback to what we knew in XP. 

Windows 8 was quickly replaced with Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is very manageable if deployed correctly and offers some great new features. One of the issues that have preseented with this OS is the removal of the start menu. This seems to have been finally resolved in Windows 10.....that's right, Microsoft has skipped Windows 9 altogether and replaced Windows 8.1 with Windows 10! We have seen some interesting first glimpse features that make this OS a potential winner. Time will tell. 

The above has mentioned the history of Windows client operating systems, but there is more to discuss. The Windows Server based operating systems have been truly wonderful and granted many features and tools to businesses for many years. Exchange Server is a glorious mail server hosted on Windows Server OS and Sharepoint is a terrific content management suite also. Server 2008R2 (the Windows 7 Server counterpart) and Server 2012R2 (the Windows 8.1 counterpart) have given (still give) consumers a golden opportunity to organize and control their information. Windows Servers are truly fabulous if deployed correctly. There is a lot to say about Windows Servers, but because there is so much to say about is best to be discussed in person. We look forward to it! 

Please contact us any time if you have questions about this. We would love to fill in any gaps or omissions here. A very important set of decisions can be made completely and correctly if the aforementioned is learned and understood. Hope this was helpful to all.

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Windows 7 was surprisingly refreshing at the end and provided a level of stability close if not equal to that of XP. Windows 8.1 can be very manageable if set up correctly as well. Please refer to the Operating System History page to understand more. The history of Microsoft operating systems and the marketing strategy as well, help the consumer understand what operating system to purchase and deploy. XP is very stable still and will be for years to come. Windows 7 is quite a bit of fun and has a 64 bit offering to go with it so there are many great Microsoft choices available!

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