Win 1.0

On this day in 1985, Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

Microsoft had worked with Apple Computer to develop applications for Apple’s January 1984 original Macintosh.

It runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation. It provides an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software.

Despite positive responses to its early presentations and support from a number of hardware and software makers, Windows 1.0 was received poorly by critics.

Critics felt Windows 1.0 did not meet their expectations. In particular, they felt that Windows 1.0 put too much emphasis on mouse input at a time when mouse use was not yet widespread; not providing enough resources for new users; and for performance issues, especially on systems with lower computer hardware specifications.

Windows 1.0 was declared obsolete and Microsoft stopped providing support and updates for the system on December 31, 2001.