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Chapter 1. An Overview of Windows Vista

Chapter 1. An Overview of Windows Vista

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It’s hard to believe, but when Windows Vista shipped in 2007, it was a full quarter of a century after Microsoft released its first version of MS-DOS, and an astonishing 23 years since the company announced the original version of Windows (which eventually shipped—to almost no acclaim—in 1985). Windows 2.0, released in 1987, was marginally more promising, but it resolutely failed to light any fires on the PC landscape. It wasn’t until Windows 3.0 was released in 1990 that Windows finally came into its own and its utter dominance of the desktop began. With the release of Windows 95 on August 24, 1995, Windows became the rock star of the computing world, beloved by many, hated by some, but known to all.


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