20 November 1985 – for some memorable date because it has started the development of the most popular operating system. For others, this is the date of disaster for computer world. No matter what is our opinion about products from Microsoft, we have to admit that they have enrolled in the history of IT. Ladies and gentlemen – Windows celebrated thirtieth birthday!!!

It started with Windows 1.0, of course, but hardly anyone remembers it. Windows were ugly, but you were able to use the mouse. For us, Windows 3.11 is the oldest remembered version. It was even installed on our computers. There were 16 colors and 640×480 resolution. However, Windows had its worse versions those that have made a lot of users gone. In our case, we can never decide whether it was Millennium Edition or Vista. Both systems were so terrible that a lot of users have decided to use Linux. Now, only the Windows 10 somehow caught people’s attention. I do not know if this is really the case that Windows to were already so bad that it left a rather bad taste because of incorrect projects. However, Windows XP and Windows 7 versions have a lot of fans. Bah! Windows 7 is still the most popular operating system on the IT market.

Therefore, how does it look in the span of this 30 years? Here we have prepared for you a list of operating systems released by Microsoft.

Release date Name Version End of support IE version
November 1985 Windows 1.01 1.01 N/A
November 1987 Windows 2.03 2.03 N/A
March 1989 Windows 2.11 2.11 N/A
May 1990 Windows 3.0 3.0 N/A
March 1992 Windows 3.1 3.1 5
October 1992 Windows For Workgroups 3.1 3.1 5
July 1993 Windows NT 3.1 NT 3.1 5
December 1993 Windows For Workgroups 3.11 3.11 5
January 1994 Windows 3.2 (wydany tylko w języku chińskim) 3.2 5
September 1994 Windows NT 3.5 NT 3.5 5
May 1995 Windows NT 3.51 NT 3.51 5
August 1995 Windows 95 4.0.950 5
July 1996 Windows NT 4.0 NT 4.0 6
June 1998 Windows 98 4.10.1998 6
May 1999 Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 6
February 2000 Windows 2000 NT 5.0.3700.6690 6
September 2000 Windows Me 4.90.3000 6
October 2001 Windows XP NT 5.1.2600 8
March 2003 Windows XP 64-bit Edition NT 5.2.3790 8
April 2003 Windows Server 2003 NT 5.2.3790 8
April 2005 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition NT 5.2.3790 8
July 2006 Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs NT 5.1.2600
November 2006 (business customers)
January 2007 (individual customers)
Windows Vista RTM-

NT 6.0.6000

SP1-

NT 6.0.6001

SP2-

NT 6.0.6002

11 April 2017 9
July 2007 Windows Home Server NT 5.2.3790 9
February 2008 Windows Server 2008 NT 6.0.6001 14 January 2020 9
22 October 2009 Windows 7 RTM-

NT 6.1.7600

SP1-

NT 6.1.7601

14 January 2020 11
22 October 2009 Windows Server 2008 R2 NT 6.1.7600 14 January 2020 11
4 September 2012 Windows Server 2012 NT 6.2.9200 10 January 2023 11
26 October 2012 Windows 8 NT 6.2.9200 10 January 2023 11
18 October 2013 Windows Server 2012 R2 NT 6.3.9600 10 January 2023 11
29 July 2015 Windows 10 NT 10.0.10240 14 October 2025 11
(the latest version of Internet Explorer)

As we wrote in one of his articles, interesting is also the time that Microsoft was strongly financing Apple. Maybe if they were more focused on their own systems, then a list of products was not so long, but with better quality products. Anyway: Happy Birthday Windows !!!

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Windows 1.01
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Windows 3.11
Windows 95
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows 98
Windows Me
Windows Me
Windows XP
Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 10
Windows 10