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4.
One of several pieces of software from Microsoft:

1. Windows 1.0 was a graphical shell that allowed the user of an IBM PC to have several MS-DOS programs running at the same time, sharing the screen through viewports called "windows," hence the name. It was released after the first Apple Macintosh computer, and most users did not install it because it required too much memory. MS-DOS was an operating system that could only have one application open at any given time, and those applications could only access up to 640 kilobytes of RAM. Files stored by it had names consisting of eight characters, a dot, and three more characters, and certain characters, such as spaces, were not allowed. TEXTFILE.TXT was a typical DOS filename.

2. ~ 3.0 was a graphical shell that also had dynamic library support, a feature normally built into an operating system. Applications had to be written "for" ~, almost as if it was an operating system. It did things on behalf of applications, like an operating system. It was started from DOS as an application, and exiting ~ returned the user to DOS. Instead of folders, there were program groups, where programs had to be explicitly placed. Placement of a program in the Program Groups typically involved telling ~ the complete path to the program executable (ie, "C:\COREL\WP.EXE")

3. ~ 95 was a graphical shell that was booted directly by DOS, so that it appeared to be the entire operating system. It imitated the look and feel of a Macintosh. It was capable of running most ~ NT binaries, and it implemented pre-emptive multitasking, a feature commonly found in operating systems, and added support for "long filenames" (LFN), which allowed files to have Macintosh-like names. The "Restart in DOS mode" feature is equivalent to the "Exit Windows" feature in older versions of ~.

4. Windows NT ("New" Technology) is a real operating system that was written completely independantly of the line of graphical shells that are also called Windows. Microsoft hired the employees of DEC that designed VMS to work on ~ NT. Unlike ~ versions that were already on the market, ~ NT took full advantage of the Intel 386's 32-bit capabilities. Its design was so closely tied to the Intel 32-bit architecture that it could not be ported to a 64-bit platform easily.

The "New" technology in ~ was new only to Windows. Features new to NT, such as true multitasking and virtual memory, had been available in other operating systems since the 1970s and even before that.

Microsoft eventually began to market Windows NT as an alternative to UNIX, but they did so at the same time that Linux was becoming ever more popular as a UNIX replacement. Windows NT had many bugs of its own, and its superficial similarities to Windows 95 caused users to expect Windows 95 bugs to be present in Windows NT. Its Internet server offerings were notably inferior to the UNIX programs they were meant to replace.

All current versions of Windows are descended from Windows NT, and not from the DOS shells that were also called Windows.

Though 64-bit Intel processors are already available in 2004, a 64-bit version of Windows is still years away.
This program requires Microsoft Windows.
by Shaka Zulu September 03, 2004
 
8.
A definition on Urban Dictionary used by minority Apple fans to whine about Windows because there's not much else to do on a mac.
Tired of playing with the dock and dashboard widgets, the mac user opened up Internet Explorer: Mac Edition to create anti-microsoft definitions on urbandicionary.

Meanwhile, the Windows user played Half-Life 2, glad he had an OS with developers.
by cynical1 January 03, 2006
 
9.
The fanciest version of Solitaire I've ever played.
Of course, we all love the BSOD every few minutes too. Silly Windows.
by Blue Ruse August 07, 2006
 
10.
Air condtioning is like computers, as soon as you open windows it stops working.
"ERROR
Windows has preformed the 326 illegal operation today and will have to restar for the 327th time for no apprent reason"
by Anonymous October 31, 2003
 
11.
1. a skank.

2. a flirtatious female who dresses provocatively and is generally thought of negatively.
"did you see freddricka flirt with ralph?"
"yeah, doesnt she have a boyfriend?"
"omgsh, yeah! what a window!"
by lawllisonly November 23, 2007
 
12.
1) A PC based operating system by Microsoft.

2) An opening in a house, building, or other structure to provide view and ventilation.

3) A slang term for crystal meth (methamphetamine). Derived from the term "glass" which is also a word used to describe crystal meth. Windows as in def. 2 are often made of glass. In some tweaker's meth addled mind "glass" equaled "windows" and a new meaning for the word was born. In addition the term seems appropriate as many tweakers either work in the computer field or enjoy computing in their spare time (as relating to def. 1).
Yo man, could you hook me up with some windows?
by Rellik Uzi August 13, 2010
 
13.
1. A 32-bit Operating System with a graphical interface and 16-bit backwards compatibility for older applications. It was created by Microsoft Corporation.

2. A name that may refer to Windows NT or Operating Systems based on Windows NT such as Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Windows NT and it's variants were also developed by Microsoft Corporation. They are true 32-bit Operating Systems. They are not the same as Windows 9.x (3.1/95/98/ME).
1. Windows 3.1 is still used by some businesses today.

2. I downloaded and installed Service Pack 5 for Windows NT 4 Workstation.
by Gary Destruction June 13, 2003
 
14.
Plates of glass. When used in a house, it can be opened for fresh air or in case of an emergancy.
-"Please open the window Johnny, I'm sweating like a pig."
by Daniel November 18, 2003