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The current Windows logo as of Windows 10's release.

Microsoft Windows (known simply as Windows) is a family of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft. First released on 20 November 1985 as Windows 1.0, the current version for PCs, tablets, phones, and embedded devices is Windows 10. The most recent version for server computers is Windows Server 2016, and there is a specialized version of Windows that runs on the Xbox One.


Main article: History of Microsoft Windows

Windows 1.0, 2.0, and 3.x

Windows 9x

Windows NT

Early versions

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows 7

Windows 8 and 8.1

Windows 10


Client versions

Server versions

Device versions


Mobile devices

See also

  • macOS – a series of operating systems made by Apple Inc., a competitor of Microsoft.
  • Linux – a free and open-source operating system that uses the Linux kernel, typically packaged in a distribution like Ubuntu.