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Released on 20th October 1985 by Microsoft Link points to external site.

20 Oct 85 Windows 1.0
85 Windows 1.01 (30 screenshots)
 Windows 1.02
86 Windows 1.03
86 Windows 1.04

9 Dec 87Windows 2.0
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“Microsoft Windows” from Byte 1983
“Microsoft does Windows” from PC World 1984
“Drawing back the curtain on Windows shows Microsoft has a clear edge” from PC Magazine 1985
“Microsoft Windows” from 1985
“Microsoft Windows” from 1986
“Sorting out fact from fiction in the Apple-Microsoft lawsuit” from PC Magazine 1988
“One thousand square pixels of canvas” by Marcin Wichary, 2003
“Interview with Nathan Lineback” by Marcin Wichary, 2005

Windows 1.x screenshots Link points to external site from Nathan Lineback
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Desktop with applications in Windows 1.01
Windows 1.01
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5 magazine ads, including:

Two publicity photos of young Bill Gates and Windows 1.0

Bill Gates’s endorsement of Tandy 2000 computers as a perfect platform to run Windows 1.0

1 other ad:
A slideshow from 1985’s preview disk
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Did you know...

Write and Paint were originally thought to be bundled with Windows 1.0 only as a promotional offer, similarly to what Apple did with original Macintosh. However, both Paint and Write (and its successor, WordPad) are included with Windows to this date.

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