Are you researching the history of Microsoft Windows versions? This article contains a complete list of all Microsoft Windows Versions and the date of release.
Windows is a Microsoft operating system, the de-facto standard perfect for home, educational, and business computers.
MS Windows is a GUI-based OS that was introduced in November 1985 and ever since then, it has been released in several versions since then, as shown in the table below.
Microsoft company started with the partnership of Bill Gates and Paul Allen in the year 1975.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen co-developed Xenix which is a version of Unix. The Microsoft company was incorporated in the year 1981.
In the world today, Windows is the most used operating system for PC. And it is used by several brands to power their hardware.
The major advantage Windows has over most other operating systems is simplicity and flexibility.
Among other OS Microsoft Windows has the most friendly user interface. So many developers have developed amazing software out there for different purposes free of charge.
As new versions of Windows is being released, the operating system is getting more secure, and its loopholes and vulnerability are all being fixed.
We have seen the Windows version change from one to another. Below is the list of all the versions.
Microsoft Windows Versions, Editions, and Release Date
|Windows 11||October 5, 2021||
|Windows 10||29 July 2015||
|Windows 8.1||17 October 2013||
|Windows 8||26 October 2012||
|Windows 7||22 October 2009||
|Windows Vista||30 January 2007||
|Windows XP Professional x64||25 April 2005||N/A|
|Windows XP||25 October 2001||
|Windows ME||14 September 2000||N/A|
|Windows 2000||17 February 2000||Professional|
|Windows 98||25 June 1998||
|Windows NT 4.0||24 August 1996||Windows NT 4.0 Workstation|
|Windows 95||24 August 1995||
|Windows NT 3.51||30 May 1995||Windows NT 3.51 Workstation|
|Windows NT 3.5||21 September 1994||Windows NT 3.5 Workstation|
|Windows 3.2||22 November 1993||Simplified Chinese only|
|Windows for Workgroups 3.11||November 1993||N/A|
|Windows NT 3.1||27 July 1993||Windows NT 3.1|
|Windows 3.1||April 1992||
|Windows 3.0||22 May 1990||N/A|
|Windows 2.11||13 March 1989||
|Windows 2.10||27 May 1988||
|Windows 2.03||9 December 1987||N/A|
|Windows 1.04||April 1987||N/A|
|Windows 1.03||August 1986||N/A|
|Windows 1.02||May 1986||N/A|
|Windows 1.01||20 November 1985||N/A|
Microsoft Windows 11
It took Microsoft a solid 6 years to release Windows 11 which was referred to as the Next Generation Windows OS.
After Microsoft released Windows 10 on 29 July 2015, six years later on October 5, 2021, the Windows 11 was released with lots of amazing features.
The new features in Microsoft Windows 11 include; Gaming in Auto HDR, Apps for Android, A New and Better Look, Widgets for Windows, Tablet Mode, and lots more.
Also, there are features present in Windows 10 but deprecated or/and removed in Windows 11.
The most amazing thing Microsoft did about the Windows 11 operating system is allowing Windows 10 users to easily upgrade to windows 11 without having glitches.
This is possible as long as the upgrading hardware meets the minimum requirements for Windows 11.
Advantages of Windows Operating System
- It is comparatively easy, especially when you compare it with other available OS.
- No special training is required to understand how to operate the Windows operating system.
- Windows operating system has wide support for games.
- Windows can run smoothly on most processors.
- The collection of software programs, applications, and games is relatively much more on Windows.
- The recent versions of the Windows operating system come with its own security, known as Windows Defender.
Languages Available in Windows
- Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
- Bulgarian (Bulgaria)
- Chinese (Taiwan)
- Chinese (PRC)
- Croatian (Croatia)
- Czech (Czech Republic)
- Danish (Denmark)
- Dutch (Netherlands)
- English (United States)
- English (United Kingdom)
- Estonian (Estonia)
- Finnish (Finland)
- French (Canada)
- French (France)
- German (Germany)
- Greek (Greece)
- Hebrew (Israel)
- Hungarian (Hungary)
- Italian (Italy)
- Japanese (Japan)
- Korean (Korea)
- Lithuanian (Lithuania)
- Latvian (Latvia)
- Norwegian, Bokmål (Norway)
- Polish (Poland)
- Portuguese (Portugal)
- Portuguese (Brazil)
- Romanian (Romania)
- Russian (Russia)
- Serbian (Latin, Serbia)
- Slovenian (Slovenia)
- Slovak (Slovakia)
- Spanish (Mexico)
- Spanish (Spain)
- Swedish (Sweden)
- Turkish (Turkey)
- Thai (Thailand)
- Ukrainian (Ukraine)
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