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
used in awkward silences to try and stimulate conversation
John and Tim were sitting in a room. The conversation was minimal until John said "Windows".
by razorblade12 January 30, 2009
An operating system designed to make envious Mac users to boot up their useless systems and post pointless Anti-Windows sentiment on Urban Dictionary, only to find out they can't run anything except Garage Band.
I'm bored with Garage Band lets go on Urban Dictionary and Bash Windows.
by Inyerdreams February 18, 2008
Openings in a building. Usually glass, in most modern homes. Frequently used for ventilation, aesthetics, and defenestration.
Damn, those mothafuckas got thrown out the window.

I hope my new house has plenty of windows.
by Baraldo.Jefferson January 23, 2007
Windows x64, (n): 64 bit rewrite of a 32 bit extension and graphical shell for a 16 bit patch to an 8 bit operating system originally coded for a 4 bit microprossessor, written by a 2 bit company that can't stand 1 bit of competition.
People say that if you play Microsoft's CDs backwards, you hear satanic things, but that's nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.
by Derek B January 08, 2006
the worst operating system in the world. almost everyone either hates it or doesn't care as long as their computer works. most people use it only because they don't want to take the time to learn Linux or some other form of Unix or BSD. it's horribly programmed, way overpriced, and it freezes all the time. anyone who doesn't have it on their computer is smart
1. Windows crashes every time i move the mouse.
2. Windows users are jealous of Linux users because Windows PCs can't go more than 4 hours without crashing, and Linux can run for days, months, possibly much longer.
by NetRAVEN5000 November 11, 2003
Computer operating system. and BTW my winXP hasn't crashed since i installed it last year
I just installed windows.
by amrit September 15, 2003
who cares
why do so many people fight about how good windows is? who cares
by Deahenle July 19, 2003

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