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Tech Throwback: The Evolution of Windows and the Birth of a Software Giant ๐Ÿš€

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๐Ÿ“… December 9, 1987 โ€“ A day that marked a subtle yet significant shift in the world of operating systems. Microsoft released a new version of Windows, seemingly identical to its predecessor but with a twist that would shape the future of personal computing. ๐Ÿ’ป

๐ŸŒŸ The Controversy: The introduction of the Presentation Manager on Windows brought a new interface with overlapping windows, a feature strikingly similar to MS-OS/2. This move sparked a heated legal battle with Apple over the nuances of graphical user interfaces. Despite the controversy, this was a pivotal moment in tech history.

๐Ÿ” Behind the Scenes: Contrary to popular belief, the focus at Microsoft was not on Windows but on another project โ€“ OS/2, developed in collaboration with IBM. Touted as the future of software, OS/2 was expected to set new industry standards. However, fate had different plans. ๐Ÿ”„

๐Ÿ“ˆ Windowsโ€™ Rise: Amidst various challenges faced by OS/2, Windows slowly but surely gained prominence. The launch of powerful office programs like Excel 2.0 and Word 1.0 for Windows was a game changer. The ecosystem grew with third-party applications like AMIโ€™s word processor, Super Baseโ€™s database, and CorelDRAWโ€™s graphics program.

๐Ÿ’ก Milestone Alert: By June 1987, Bill Gates announced the sale of 250,000 Windows copies. Fast-forward to 1989, and Windows had crossed the 2 million mark, selling 50,000 packages monthlyโ€”a testament to its growing dominance in the market.

๐ŸŽ“ Lesson Learned: The journey of Windows is a classic example of technological evolution and market dynamics. It reminds us that adaptability and innovation are crucial to survival and success in tech โ€“ similar to our journey in wealth management. In both fields, staying ahead and embracing change are vital to thriving in a competitive landscape.

Source: LinkedIn

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