Windows (operating system)

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Windows is an operating system produced and maintained by Microsoft Corporation. It was estimated that as of December 2007[1] Microsoft Windows accounted for nearly 90% of operating system usage, with 3 out of 4 being to the Windows XP. Windows is used both as a desktop operating system and a server[2] operating system, and is intended for use with the Intel x86-64 family of processors.

Early versions of Windows (98 and earlier) were notoriously unreliable, despite (or maybe because of?) Microsoft's near-monopoly share of the operating system market. They crashed so often that the term "blue screen of death" entered the vocabulary. See also this satire: Matrix Runs on Windows XP

While initially Windows was merely a graphical user interface extension to MS-DOS shell[3], it became a full operating system beginning with the release of Windows NT.

See also


  1. OS Statistics. Refsnes Data. Retrieved 29 January, 2008.
  2. Windows Server 2003 R2 Home. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 29 January, 2008.
  3. Windows History: Windows Desktop Timeline. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 29 January, 2008.

External Links

Microsoft Windows Home Page