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7 wacky Windows launches

How Microsoft launched its OSes over the years

Microsoft encouraged PC users to celebrate the launch of Windows 7 by hosting their own party. We look back at the wacky ways Microsoft launched previous operating systems.

Last week saw the launch of Microsoft's highly anticipated operating system, Windows 7.

The software company made sure the OS launched with a bang, by staging worldwide events to announce its arrival.

We've taken a trip down memory lane to look at how Microsoft has launched some of its previous operating systems.

Windows 1.0

This supposedly dates from 1986 and therefore may not technically date from the launch of Windows 1.0, which shipped in 1985. But no retrospective of Windows-related stuff would be complete without it.

Windows 3.0

A clip from the Windows 3.0 coverage by Stewart Chefeit's TV series The Computer Chronicles.

It's eerily similar to Windows 7 with its description of Windows 3.0 as a reaction to Windows 2.0's lukewarm reception, its touting of 3D elements in the user interface, and the coverage of the general enthusiasm for the product.

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  1. We look at how Microsoft has launched its OSes over the years
  2. Windows 3.1 and Windows 95
  3. Windows XP
  4. Windows Vista


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