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November 20, 1985: Microsoft Launches Windows 1.0
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November 20, 1985: Microsoft Launches Windows 1.0

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Today in 1985, Microsoft released the first version of their Windows operating system, Windows 1.0. Founder Bill Gates was inspired to create a graphical user interface after seeing a demonstration of VisiCorp’s Visi On GUI. Initial reactions were lukewarm, but many saw the potential of Windows to become what it is today. In November 1987, Windows 2.0 was released and on December 31, 2001, Microsoft officially declared Windows 1.0 obsolete.