Now in its 20th year, Microsoft Windows continues to go from strength to strength. It wasn’t all plain sailing though.

The first independent version of Microsoft Windows, version 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985 and achieved little popularity. The project was briefly codenamed “Interface Manager” before the windowing system was developed. Rowland Hanson, the head of marketing at Microsoft, convinced the company that the name Windows would be more appealing to customers* – it’s difficult to argue with that!

Learn more about the history of Microsoft Windows with our interactive slider, built in Articulate Storyline 2.

*Source: Accessed 22/12/2015.

David Tait 4pt Limited

David began his career in eLearning in 2000 after earning qualifications in Graphic, News and Infographic Design.

He is passionate about creating well-designed and purposeful eLearning solutions and is a current Articulate E-Learning Heroes Super Hero.