An operating system is the collection of software that controls how the computer works. If you have a PC or IBM format computer chances are pretty good that you are running a Windows Operating System from a company called Microsoft. Windows Operating Systems have been around since th's and you should be familiar with some of the names and chronology of their development.
Below is a diagram showing the basic development of the Windows operating system from 1990 to 2013.
The most recent Windows operating system has the unique feature of being designed to run on desktop computers, laptops, tablets (Microsoft Surface) and even smart phones. This concept could have many advantages in a technology world where the proliferation of different devices and operating systems can seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, this has required a fundamental shift in the user experience which resulted in a difficult backlash from many consumers.
The result has been, "the biggest product U-turn since New Coke" and the release in late 2013 of Windows 8.1. You can watch a summary of the newest operating system fromCNET News featuring Steve Ballmer.
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PRACTICE ACTIVITY: See if you can name the operating system that's on your computer right now.
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