Microsoft Windows

Developer Microsoft
Written in C, C++, Assembly
Working state Publicly released
Source model Closed / shared source
Initial release November 20, 1985; 31 years ago, as Windows 1.0
Latest release 1607 (10.0.14393.222) (September 29, 2016)
Latest preview 1607 (10.0.14971.1000) (November 17, 2016)
Marketing target Personal computing
Available in 137 languages
Update method
  • Windows Update
  • Windows Anytime Upgrade
  • Windows Store
  • WSUS
Package manager Windows Installer (.msi), Windows Store (.appx)
Platforms ARM, IA-32, Itanium, x86-64, DEC Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC
Kernel type
  • Windows NT family: Hybrid
  • Windows 9x and earlier: Monolithic (MS-DOS)
Default user interface Windows shell
License Proprietary commercial software
Official website windows.microsoft.com

Evolution of Microsoft Windows

(Windows 1.0-10)

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