Microsoft Windows is a family of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft.
Microsoft first introduced an operating environment named Windows in November 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces (GUI).
 Timeline of releases
|Date||Product name||MSSupport status||WINE support|
|June 1985||Windows 1.01||Unsupported||No|
|August 1986||Windows 1.03||Unsupported||No|
|December 1987||Windows 2.03||Unsupported||No|
|June 1988||Windows 2.1||Unsupported|
|May 1990||Windows 3.0||Unsupported||No|
|April 1992||Windows 3.1||Unsupported as of December 31 2001.||No|
|October 1992||Windows For Workgroups 3.1||Unsupported||No|
|August 1993||Windows NT 3.1||Unsupported||No|
|November 1993||Windows For Workgroups 3.11||Unsupported||No|
|September 1994||Windows NT 3.5||Unsupported||Yes|
|November 1994||Windows NT 3.51||Unsupported ||Yes|
|August 1995||Windows 95||Unsupported as of December 31 2001.||Yes|
|September 1996||Windows NT 4.0||Unsupported as of December 31, 2004.||Yes|
|June 1998||Windows 98||Unsupported as of July 11, 2006||Yes|
|February 2000||Windows 2000||Extended Support, will become unsupported in June 13, 2010||Yes|
|July 2000||Windows Me||Unsupported as of July 11, 2006||Yes|
|October 2001||Windows XP|| Unsupported for RTM as of September 30, 2004 and for SP1 as of October 10, 2006
Current for SP2
|April 2003||Windows Server 2003||Unsupported for RTM. Current for SP1 and SP2||Yes|
|January 2007||Windows Vista||Current||No|
 Linux compatibility
You can absolutely not run Mindows Vista on your Linux computer.
 File system
Windows is rumored to use something called ntfs as it's filesystem. You can mount and read from such filesystems all you want using the Linux kernel, but you can not write to ntfs.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Windows Life-Cycle Policy. Microsoft.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, and Windows Me Support ends on July 11, 2006. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2006-06-10.
- ↑ Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Microsoft (May 4 2005). Retrieved on 2007-03-25.
- ↑ End of Support for Windows 98, ME, and XP Service Pack 1. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2007-04-21.