Nov 10, 2023

Graphical user interfaces received a game-changing upgrade 40 years ago...

TODAY IN DESIGN 1983

Windows Opens a New Vista in Computing.

On this day, the landscape of personal computing was forever changed as Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0. Microsoft's pioneering venture into operating system interfaces promised a new way for users to interact with their computers through graphical icons and multitasking capabilities — a departure from the command-line norm.

Windows 1.0, with its drop-down menus and scroll bars, wasn't just a product; it was a herald of the graphical user interface era, significantly impacting the design and functionality of software to come. It marked the beginning of a series that would eventually dominate the PC market, influencing how millions of people interact with technology daily.

As we look back on the launch of Windows 1.0, we celebrate a milestone that transcended technology, embodying the essence of design innovation and user experience that remains at the heart of personal computing today.

IT'S A SLOW END TO THE WEEK

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