Battle of The Not So DifferentOperating Systems Operating Systems have come very farsince Microsoft revealed Windows back in 1985. Many different versions andtypes of operating systems have been released since then.
Even though Windowsmay be the leading operating system used by consumers many others still useother operating systems that they may prefer to suitethere needs. We will be discussing the 2-main competing operating systems usedtoday by consumers and business’s alike.These 2 operating systems will be Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s MacOS. First up is Microsoft Windows, the firstversion of Windows was released back in 1985 and was first offered as anextension to Microsoft’s current disk operating system MS-DOS.
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The extensionallowed current MS-DOS users to navigate a virtual desktop. Graphical contentswere displayed by opening windows, hence the operating system’s name. This lets users use the click of a mouse rather thantyping up commands and anotherdirectory’s in a text prompt. As time went on upgraded versions of theextension were created adding greater functionality like the Program Managerand native Windows File Manager. In 1995 Microsoft released the first fullyintegrated Windows operating system named Windows 95.
The package offered manynew features including Internet Explorer and built-in Internet support. 6 yearslater Windows XP was released which was the first of the Windows packages tooffer multiple conditions for consumers, multimedia developers, businesses, andothers. Windows XP also was released with a more powerful code base withMicrosoft abandoning the old Windows 95 kernel. Windows XP was highlysuccessful and later in 2006, Microsoftreleased a new Windows operating system called Windows Vista. Vista’s launchwas troublesome and was met with considerable disdain from the Microsoftconsumers. Following Vista’s marketplace resistance Microsoft released Windows7 in 2007, an operating system in some ways like Vista but was met with highpraise for its modest system requirementsand speed improvement. Windows 8 was released in 2012 offered applicationsshown as tiles on a grid in place of the much beloved Windows 7 start menu.
Windows 8 was not accepted lightly and was also met with disdain from theconsumer market. In 2016 Microsoft released Windows 10, which like the Windowsphone came with a virtual assistant named Cortana. The longtime used Internet Explorer was replaced with a new Web browsernamed Microsoft Edge. Microsoft also announced that this would be the lastversion of Windows. Instead of large revisions, users will receive periodicupdates that make changes to the system over time.
Over 90 percent of computer usersuse some type of Windows operating system on there PC. This is due to the mixof easy accessibility and complex mechanics offered in the Windows operatingsystems. Windows offers great customizable options to help tweak your operatingsystem to your needs. Windows easy to use File Explorer helps keep all yourfiles in on easy to access place and organize them however you prefer. On moreof the settings side, Windows Control Panel lets you adjust your computersettings all in one place. You can check the hardware running on the PC or just change the background on yourdesktop, it’s all offered in the Control Panel. Windows taskbar lets you pin applications,so they are right there and accessible with the click of a mouse button.
Alongwith the applications on the right of the taskbar is the system tray. Thesystem tray offers basic options like volume control, the date and time, and inWindows 10 the action center. In the control panel or settings (settings onlyavailable in Windows 10) you can customize the icons that are in the systemtray to make it easier to access them. On the left of the taskbar is theWindows Start Button, you may be familiar with this as it is in every versionof Windows starting from Windows 95 onwards.
Every version of Windows has haddifferent looking start buttons and start menus. Before Windows 10 was releasedWindows 8 discarded the traditional start menu for a complete differentgrid-style screen called the start screen. This was heavily disliked by theconsumers so in Windows 10 the start menucame back, and the grid style was added to it. You can pin applications to yourstart menu in windows 10 if you would like also. These are just some of the optionsWindows offers and why Windows can be a great operating system for anyone. Our next operating system wascreated by the so-called computer of Microsoft.