Microsoft Windows

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Microsoft Windows is a family of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft.


[edit] History

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).

[edit] 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.[1] 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 [1] Yes
August 1995 Windows 95 Unsupported as of December 31 2001.[1] Yes
September 1996 Windows NT 4.0 Unsupported as of December 31, 2004.[1] Yes
June 1998 Windows 98 Unsupported as of July 11, 2006[2] Yes
February 2000 Windows 2000 Extended Support, will become unsupported in June 13, 2010[3] Yes
July 2000 Windows Me Unsupported as of July 11, 2006[2] Yes
October 2001 Windows XP Unsupported for RTM as of September 30, 2004 and for SP1 as of October 10, 2006[4]
Current for SP2
April 2003 Windows Server 2003 Unsupported for RTM. Current for SP1 and SP2 Yes
January 2007 Windows Vista Current No

[edit] Linux compatibility

Internet Explorer version 6 running on Linux using Wine v0.9.23

WINE does a good job of runnnig most older Microsoft Windows software, including the popular Microsoft Office software and the Internet Explorer web browser.

You can absolutely not run Mindows Vista on your Linux computer.

[edit] 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.

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Windows Life-Cycle Policy. Microsoft.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, and Windows Me Support ends on July 11, 2006. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2006-06-10.
  3. Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Microsoft (May 4 2005). Retrieved on 2007-03-25.
  4. End of Support for Windows 98, ME, and XP Service Pack 1. Microsoft. Retrieved on 2007-04-21.
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