Do you know which version of Windows introduced Minesweeper?
Microsoft will launch Windows 8 and the Surface tablet in New York today. As the world waits with bated breath, we present the perfect way to while away the remaining hours – a quiz on the history of Windows.
Commentators are asking: can Surface take market share away from Apple’s iPad? Can Windows 8 really satisfy both tablet and PC users in a single product? And, if you include mobile devices, Windows has shrunk from 70 percent of systems ten years ago to around 40 percent now. Can Windows 8 halt the slide in Windows users?
But these are not the questions uppermost in our minds. As a new version arrives, we ask: which Windows version was the first to include Minesweeper? And which version left Bill Gates on stage in front of a Blue Screen of Death?
Windows 8? Great!
Windows 8 has been heralded as a renaissance for Microsoft – admittedly not by everybody. Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff says it marks the end of Windows, as users migrate to the cloud.
Gabe Newell of game company Valve Software describes Windows 8 as a “catastrophe”, and surveys of users suggest that few will take the plunge onto the new operating system, with predicted rates of acceptance that would make it more of a failure than Windows Vista.
However, though Microsoft is taking a risk, the new OS, like the new Windows Phone OS, is a serious effort to adapt to new methods of use, and it’s way too early to write it off.
In London, the shops will open at midnight – or at least Currys on Tottenham Court Road will – to let enthusiasts get their hands on a copy of the new operating system right away. TechWeekEurope will be there to join the celebration, and we will be watching as the new product develops and grows.
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