What is Windows Coming to...and where it has been

 

Microsoft ends retail sales for Windows 8, coincides with end of sales of consumer versions of Windows 7 on new PCs.

No date has yet been set for when sales of Windows 8 via manufacturers will end — and Microsoft has said, it will

continue to support the operating system until January 2023. Windows 8.1 is still available at retail and no date

has been set for the end of sales yet.

As of 31 Oct 2014, Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate are no longer be available to buy installed

on PCs, according to Microsoft. Sales of Windows 7 Professional will continue and MS will give a year's notice of the

end of sale date Win7 Pro.

Microsoft would love to see PC Users keeping up with Microsoft Windows versions at a faster pace...however some

of PC Users, are still using WinXP, and Windows 7, having not made the move.

Windows XP hangs in there with 17.2 percent of PCs connecting to the web

Windows 7, at 53 percent and Windows 8 and 8.1 together account for 16.8 percent

So what Happened to Windows 9 (code name "Threshold") ? may be released Spring 2015, but do not hold your

breath, as it might be a cover for Windows 10.

Windows 9 will be aimed at desktop users who never wanted the drastic design overhaul of Windows 8. Desktop

users will get their classic Start menu back, popping up in the bottom-left corner instead of taking over the entire

screen as it does in Windows 8.


Windows 10 may be the last, meaning no Windows 11, 12, 13, etc., with Windows 10, making the transition from

a software licensing model to a cloud computing one. Thus Users will become Subscribers to Microsoft's Cloud

Computing.  This maybe taking place in 2015.

Windows 10 Screen Shots

And if some of Us Users, prefer buying PC's with installed Operating Systems and do not wish the Cloud, what then ?

Of the Windows 7 Users today, we may have until 2020 before Windows 7 becomes obsolete to some degree and

unsupported.

 

Windows Time-Line

 

Year Event
1981 MS-DOS 1.0 was released August, 1981.
1982 MS-DOS 1.25 was released August, 1982.
1983 MS-DOS 2.0 was released March, 1983.
1984 Microsoft introduces MS-DOS 3.0 for the IBM PC AT and MS-DOS 3.1 for networks.
1986 MS-DOS 3.2 was released April, 1986.
1987 MS-DOS 3.3 was released April, 1987.
1988 MS-DOS 4.0 was released July, 1988.
1988 MS-DOS 4.01 was released November, 1988.
1991 MS-DOS 5.0 was released June, 1991.
1993 MS-DOS 6.0 was released August, 1993.
1993 MS-DOS 6.2 was released November, 1993
1994 MS-DOS 6.21 was released March, 1994
1994 MS-DOS 6.22 was released April, 1994

Year Event
1983 Microsoft Windows was announced November, 1983 and sells for $100.00.
1985 Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released November, 1985.
1987 Microsoft Windows 2.0 was released April, 1987.
1990 Microsoft Windows 3.0 was released May, 1990.
1991 Microsoft Windows 3.0 with multimedia was released October, 1991.
1992 Microsoft Windows 3.1 was released April, 1992 and sells more than 1 Million copies within the first two months of its release.
1992 Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1 was released October, 1992.
1993 Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 was released August, 1993.
1993 The number of licensed users of Microsoft Windows now totals more then 25 Million.
1994 Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11 was released February, 1994.
1994 Microsoft Windows NT 3.5 was released September, 1994.
1995 Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 was released June, 1995.
1995 Microsoft Windows 95 was released August, 1995 and sells more than 1 Million copies within 4 days.
1996 Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 was released August, 1996.
1996 Microsoft Windows CE 1.0 was released November, 1996.
1997 Microsoft Windows CE 2.0 was released November, 1997.
1998 Microsoft Windows 98 was released June, 1998.
1998 Microsoft Windows CE 2.1 was released July, 1998.
1999 Microsoft Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) was released May, 1999.
1999 Microsoft Windows CE 3.0 was released 1999.
2000 Microsoft Windows 2000 was released February 2000.
2000 Microsoft Windows ME (Millennium) released July 2000.
2001 Microsoft Windows XP is released October 25, 2001.
2003 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is released March 28, 2003.
2005

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition - NT 5.2.3790 - April

2006

Windows Fundamentals Legacy PCs - NT 5.1.2600 - July

2007 Windows Vista - NT 6.0.6001 - January (retail)
2007 Windows Home Server - NT 5.2.4500 - July
2008 Windows Server 2008 - NT 6.0.6001 - February
2009 Windows 7 - NT 6.1.6936 - 22 July

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