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Chapter 1. Beyond the On Switch… > What Is an Operating System?

What Is an Operating System?

Now that you've joined the ranks of proud computer owners everywhere, you'll need to adjust your definition of windows. Rather than being a mere clear pane of glass that separates you from rain, snow, bitter cold, and sweltering heat, it also now is Windows with a capital W.

Even if you're entering the world of computers for the first time, you've undoubtedly heard about Microsoft Windows. It's that revolutionary, controversial operating system that caused such a stir over its inclusion of the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser. Court battles went on for ages until eventually Microsoft allowed computer manufacturers like Gateway and Dell to remove Internet Explorer or include non-Microsoft software.


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