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Timeline of Microsoft Windows

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This article presents a timeline of events in the history of Microsoft Windows operating systems from 1985.

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Desktop and server[edit]

Release date Title Architectures Based Upon
November 20, 1985 Windows 1.0 x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
December 9, 1987 Windows 2.0 x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
May 27, 1988 Windows 2.10 x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
March 13, 1989 Windows 2.11 x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
May 22, 1990 Windows 3.0 x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
October 20, 1991 Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
April 6, 1992 Windows 3.1 x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
October 27, 1992 Windows for Workgroups 3.1 x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
July 27, 1993 Windows NT 3.1 IA-32, DEC Alpha, MIPS Windows NT
November 8, 1993 Windows for Workgroups 3.11 x86 – 16-bit MS-DOS
September 21, 1994 Windows NT 3.5 IA-32, DEC Alpha, MIPS Windows NT
May 30, 1995 Windows NT 3.51 IA-32, DEC Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC Windows NT
August 24, 1995 Windows 95 IA-32 MS-DOS
August 24, 1996 Windows NT 4.0 IA-32, DEC Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC Windows NT
June 25, 1998 Windows 98 IA-32 MS-DOS
May 5, 1999 Windows 98 SE IA-32 MS-DOS
February 17, 2000 Windows 2000 IA-32 Windows NT
September 14, 2000 Windows ME IA-32 MS-DOS
October 25, 2001 Windows XP IA-32 Windows NT
October 25, 2001[1] Windows XP 64-Bit Edition (v2002) Itanium Windows NT
October 31, 2002 Windows XP Media Center Edition IA-32 Windows NT
March 28, 2003[2] Windows XP 64-Bit Edition (v2003) Itanium Windows NT
April 24, 2003 Windows Server 2003 IA-32, x64, Itanium Windows NT
September 30, 2003 Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 IA-32 Windows NT
October 12, 2004 Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 IA-32 Windows NT
April 25, 2005 Windows XP Professional x64 Edition x64 Windows NT
December 6, 2005 Windows Server 2003 R2 IA-32, x64, Itanium Windows NT
July 8, 2006 Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs IA-32 Windows NT
November 30, 2006 Windows Vista for Business use IA-32, x64 Windows NT
January 30, 2007 Windows Vista for Home use; released in fifty countries IA-32, x64 Windows NT
November 7, 2007 Windows Home Server IA-32, x64 Windows NT
February 27, 2008 Windows Server 2008 IA-32, x64 Windows NT
October 22, 2009 Windows 7 IA-32, x64 Windows NT
October 22, 2009 Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Windows NT
April 6, 2011 Windows Home Server 2011 x64 Windows NT
July 1, 2011 Windows Thin PC IA-32[3] Windows NT
September 4, 2012 Windows Server 2012 x64 Windows NT
October 26, 2012 Windows 8 IA-32, x64 Windows NT
October 26, 2012 Windows RT ARM Windows NT
October 18, 2013 Windows 8.1 IA-32, x64 Windows NT
October 18, 2013 Windows RT 8.1 ARM Windows NT
October 18, 2013 Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 Windows NT
July 29, 2015 Windows 10 IA-32, x64, ARM Windows NT
September 27, 2016 Windows Server 2016 x64 Windows NT
October 2, 2018 Windows Server 2019 x64 Windows NT

Mobile[edit]

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Timeline of Windows CE Development
Date Release Notes
November 16, 1996 Windows CE 1.0
June 25, 1997 Windows CE 1.01
September 29, 1997 Windows CE 2.0
November 1, 1997 Windows CE 2.0 Handheld PC (H/PC)
January 8, 1998 Windows CE 2.01 Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC (P/PC) and smartphone
January 8, 1998 Windows CE 2.01 Auto PC
March 1, 1998 Windows CE 2.10
July 1, 1999 Windows CE 2.11
September 28, 1999 Windows CE 2.12
April 19, 2000 Windows CE 3.0
April 19, 2000 Pocket PC 2000 Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC (P/PC) and smartphone
September 25, 2000 Windows CE 3.0 Core Add-on Pack
October 4, 2001 Pocket PC 2002 Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC (P/PC) and smartphone
January 7, 2002 Windows CE 4.0
June 1, 2002 Windows CE 4.1 .NET Core
April 23, 2003 Windows CE 4.2 .NET Core
June 23, 2003 Windows Mobile 2003
March 24, 2004 Windows Mobile 2003 SE
July 9, 2004 Windows CE 5.0
May 9, 2005 Windows Mobile 5.0
September 15, 2006 Windows CE 6.0
February 12, 2007 Windows Mobile 6.0
April 1, 2008 Windows Mobile 6.1
May 11, 2009 Windows Mobile 6.5
November 8, 2010 Windows Phone 7
March 1, 2011 Windows Embedded Compact 7
October 29, 2012 Windows Phone 8
June 13, 2013 Windows Embedded Compact 2013
April 14, 2014 Windows Phone 8.1
November 20, 2015 Windows 10 Mobile

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Microsoft Unveils Plans for 64-Bit Windows Platform". News Center. Microsoft. May 23, 2001.
  2. ^ "Microsoft Releases Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 to Manufacturing". News Center. Microsoft. March 28, 2003.
  3. ^ "Microsoft Windows Thin PC Specs". CNET. CBS Interactive.

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