Ray Ozzie, the Chief Software Architect at Microsoft has published something which many of you might probably haven’t seen yet. A press release for Windows 1.0, which was sent out in 1985.
The press release which was sent out on November 20, 1985 can be read on Docs.com here. Below is a snippet of the release:
BELLEVUE, WA — NOVEMBER 20, 1985 — Microsoft Corporation announced today the retail shipment of the Microsoft Windows operating environment to dealers and distributors.
Microsoft Windows extends the features of the DOS operating system, yet is compatible with most existing applications that run under DOS. Windows lets users integrate the tasks they perform with their computer by providing the ability to work with several programs at the same time and easily switch between them without having to quit and restart individual applications. In addition, it provides a rich foundation for a new generation of applications.
So why did Ozzie post this, probably to let us know about it along with publicizing the fact that Microsoft’s Docs.com now supports PDF documents too. He also stressed on the fact that he moved his Live Spaces blog to WordPress. If you haven’t done that yourself, read our guide on Migrating from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress.
And yes, go ahead and enjoy the press release for the first version of Windows.