Know Your History – 20th November – Windows 1.0 released

know your history - writingOn this day… 20th November, 1985 – Windows 1.0 released

Okay so todays fact is not strictly-speaking a literary fact. However there is no denying that windows and technology has completely changed the writing landscape. Today Windows is 30 years old!


Windows 1.0 looked very basic by today’s standards, but it was a huge step for Microsoft. It was the company’s first graphically rich user interface – at this point, only Apple had released anything like it so it was pretty forward-thinking for the time.firefox and windows

Features included drop-down menus, scroll bars, icons and dialogue boxes, and instead of typing in complex commands, you navigated by pointing and clicking. In essence, it’s the same basic user interface that we still use to this day.

You could also switch between programs without having to quit and restart each one – an invaluable timesaver.

It even had its own game, Reversi, a strategy board game for two players.

Did You Know?

Windows 1.0 was received poorly by critics, who felt it did not meet their expectations. In particular, they felt that Windows 1.0 put too much emphasis on mouse input at a time when mouse use was not yet widespread.