This page is about Microsoft Windows, the desktop-oriented operating system for computers. For other Microsoft Windows branded products and brands, see Microsoft Windows (disambiguation).
Windows 1.0 and 2.0 were the first versions of Windows made. These versions of Windows were just to add a visual guide to DOS. The logo slightly resembles the Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 logo, except that the vertical lines were in different places. Support ended on December 31, 2001.
The original blue logo was removed, and replaced with a darker Windows logo with a black-and-white gradient. This logo looks more like a window.
Windows 3.0 was the version that first introduced Program Manager (predecessor of Start Menu and Taskbar), which made Windows popular because it was easier to use than 1.0 and 2.0. This logo for Windows 3.0 was seen on some software boxes, but rarely seen anywhere on actual OEM products for Windows 3.0 itself. Windows 3.0's support ended on December 31, 2001.
Windows 3.1 was an updated version of Windows 3.0 with several enhancements to the still MS-DOS-based platform, including improved system stability, expanded support for multimedia, Truetype fonts, and workgroup networking. The iconic four colored Windows logo was introduced with Windows 3.1. The rest of the 3.1x series included Windows 3.11, Windows 3.2 and Windows for Workgroups, where slight changes were made to the colors of the logo. This logo also would have a trail behind it.
Support for the Windows 3.1x line of operating systems ended on December 31, 2001.
Windows NT 3.1
Windows NT 3.1, the first version of Windows NT and first 32-bit Windows, was introduced in July 27, 1993. Windows NT 3.1 was based on the Windows 3.1 desktop environment and came with two editions, Windows NT 3.1 for Workstation and Windows NT 3.1 Advanced Server. This logo is mostly the same as the 3.1x logo, but with some slight differences including shading on the blocks and flag, the size of the "MICROSOFT WINDOWS" text being changed, and the "NT" text being added.
Support for Windows NT 3.1 ended on December 31, 2000, along with mainstream support for Windows 95, becoming the first operating system in the Microsoft Windows line to phase out support.
Windows NT 3.5x
Windows NT 3.5 was released on September 21, 1994, and Windows NT 3.51 was released on May 30, 1995. Like its predecessor (Windows NT 3.1), both versions had the same desktop environment from Windows 3.1 and Windows NT 3.1. Both versions also came with two editions, Server and Workstation. In this logo, the flag was tilted to the right (as it would be for most future appearances until Windows XP was released), the "WINDOWS" text became much larger, the "Microsoft" text was no longer in all caps, and it was placed to the left of the "WINDOWS" text.
Support for Windows NT 3.5 and 3.51 ended on December 31, 2001 (Windows NT 3.51 Server Edition ended on September 30, 2002).
Windows 95 was released on August 24, 1995, with lots of new features, mainly the graphical user interface, Start Menu, Windows Explorer, and the taskbar. MSN also launched the same day. Windows 95 also introduced a redesigned shell based around a desktop metaphor; the desktop was re-purposed to hold shortcuts to applications, files and folders, reminiscent of Mac OS. The "Microsoft Windows" text changed fonts, "Windows" is no longer in all caps (and it is also in an extra bold font), "Microsoft" was no longer on the left of the "Windows" text, and the "95" text was added. Windows 95 is the first operating system in the 9x family. Extended support ended on December 31, 2001 (mainstream support ended on December 31, 2000).
Windows NT 4.0
Windows NT 4.0 was released on July 31, 1996, and for general availability on August 24, 1996, which is the same release date as Windows 95 OSR 2. Windows NT 4.0 brought desktop environment and several features from Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0 also had five editions, Workstation, Server, Server, Enterprise Edition, Terminal Server Edition and Embedded. This logo is mostly the same as the Windows 95 logo, but "95" was replaced with an extra bold "NT".
Extended support ended on June 30, 2004 (mainstream support ended on June 30, 2002).
Windows 98/98 SE
Windows 98 was released on June 25, 1998. In May 1999, Microsoft released Windows 98 SE (Second Edition, incorrectly referred to as Windows 99) which fixes bugs and problems from Windows 98. Windows 98 SE didn't have an official logo. The logo is the same as in 95, but "95" was replaced with "98".
Extended support ended on July 11, 2006 (mainstream support ended on June 30, 2002). This made it the first version of Windows to be supported to any date other than December 31, 2001.
Windows 2000 was first released for business customers on December 17, 1999, and for general availability on February 17, 2000. The system is NT based, not part of the 9x series. It was used both for server computers and regular computers. Windows 2000 brought many features and improvement from Windows 9x. The font is still the same as in 95 and 98, but it says "2000". The flag is still there, but now there are five windows, four of which are blue and white (with the flag being in the window in the front), and the one in the bottom-left being orange and red.
Extended support ended on July 13, 2010 (mainstream support ended on June 30, 2005).
Windows Millennium Edition
Windows ME, released on September 14, 2000, was known to be one of the worst Windows versions, as it was known to crash far too often and contained a lot of bugs. Thus, it's not commonly seen being used among Windows users. Windows ME is the last version of Windows 9x which was based on MS-DOS (because of this, it was also the last version to have support for most MS-DOS games). There are still the windows in this logo, but now there are only three of them: an orange one in the back, a blue one in the center, and a green one in the front (which had the flag in it). Instead of saying the year, it says "Me" in a fancy font with "Millennium Edition" under it.
Extended support ended for Windows ME on July 11, 2006, alongside Windows 98 (mainstream support ended on December 31, 2003).
In 2001, Microsoft overhauled the Windows logo again giving it much more of a clean feel. The Windows logo was simplified, removing the black borders and squares flowing behind it. The logo was also given a 'plastic' feel to it. It was created to match Windows XP which had a very clean feel. It used the Franklin Gothic Medium font for the text.
Windows XP was released on October 25, 2001, it was the first version of consumer edition based on NT and introduced a new look and feel to the desktop and the majority of the system in general, with its Luna theme and tons of new features. It was known to be the longest supported version in the 21st century part of the history of Windows. Windows XP was one of the most popular of the Microsoft Windows OS Versions. It was also the last version to have support for MS-DOS.
Extended support ended on April 8, 2014 (mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009).
In Mid-2005, Microsoft modified their 2001 logo to add a glow in the center of the logo and change the font to Segoe. The "Microsoft" text was removed from the logo and since then, it's been referred to as simply, "Windows". Windows Vista was initially released for business customers on November 30, 2006, and for general availability on January 30, 2007. The system was not commonly seen being used among Windows users because of high requirements and some bugs.
While Windows Vista was also turned down by many, it did come with lots of new features and design tweaks. Some of the system's most notable features are New Aero design, Sidebar and Widgets, Windows Defender, 3D Task switcher, Welcome Center, and Games Explorer.
Extended support ended on April 11, 2017 (mainstream support ended on April 10, 2012).
2009–2020 (Base version), 2009–2023 (Pro and Enterprise versions)
Windows 7 kept the same design and logo with Windows Vista, aside from the switch from Vista to 7. Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009, and had better reception than Windows Vista because it was faster, more stable and easier to use.
Windows 7's new features were Windows snap, redesigned taskbar, HomeGroup, libraries for documents, audio, videos, etc.
Mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015, and extended support ended on January 14, 2020. Pro and Enterprise users can pay for support until January 10, 2023.
Microsoft overhauled their logo again to fit in with the new Metro design language on Windows 8, which removes the green, yellow, and red colors to become all blue and a slightly modified Segoe font. This logo was unveiled on Windows 8 Consumer Preview released February 2012. Notable changes is that they Ditched the 3D, Aero And Flag Design And replaced it with a Window And a Flat Design, with perspective, design by Pentagram. Windows 8 was released on October 26, 2012.
Windows 8's most notable new features are New Metro design, Touchscreen for the new tablet called "Surface", new full Start Menu (Start Screen), Apps, and instead of using the 3D task switcher, it used 2D at the right side of the screen. The original version is known to be the very shortest support version, but counting Windows 8.1 instead of this, Windows 95 and ME had the shortest support versions, due to their negative feedback and lack of usage because of some users staying on the previous version or upgrading as soon as the next version of Windows appeared.
Support ended on January 12, 2016. To regain support, users are recommended to upgrade to Windows 8.1 (which can be done in this version without install disc).
After a year, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 in October 2013. This logo has an additional ".1" at the end and is also slightly less bold, giving a smoother feel. This logo was not officially used by Microsoft neither in advertising (where the default Windows logo was used) nor in the OS (where the Windows 8 logo was used), but it was used in some conferences.
Windows 8.1 was an update for Windows 8 with some improvements, Start button was reintroduced and some enhances to the Start Screen. Windows 8 and 8.1 were not commonly seen being used among Windows users, mainly due to the removed Start menu.
Mainstream support ended on January 9, 2018, and extended support will end on January 10, 2023.
Microsoft officially unveiled the first beta version of Windows 10 on September 30, 2014. The text on the wordmark of the logo was unbolded and the logo itself was made a darker shade of blue. The last version of the operating system was released worldwide on July 29, 2015. Since then, Windows 10 releases new features update twice per year (except in 2016).
Windows 10's new features are the ability to run Microsoft Store apps on the desktop, return of Start menu although Start screen mode option still remains, new versions of Microsoft Store-based apps, multiple desktops, a voice assistant: Cortana, and a new internet browser: Microsoft Edge. New updates for Windows 10 include Game Mode, Paint 3D and a new interface: Fluent Design which replacing Metro.
This might be the final version of Windows, because Microsoft says it is becoming 'a service'.
For 2015 LTSB, Mainstream support ended on October 13, 2020, and extended support will end on October 14, 2025.
For 2016 LTSB, Mainstream support will end on October 12, 2021, and extended support will end on October 13, 2026.
For 2019 LTSC, Mainstream support will end on January 9, 2024, and extended support will end on January 9, 2029.
This logo is more rounded off, and has multiple colors, to fit with the new design. Microsoft is making a new version of Windows, aimed at dual-screen tablets. The development started around 2020. This version can run on laptops. As of now, the OS is still not released. But you can run the OS with the Microsoft Device Emulator Software. This version of Windows could run on ARM (Tablet) - based devices. You cannot install the OS onto regular PC's. It either comes pre-installed, or you'll need to flash it with NTFS-Pools. It also has a new start menu, taskbar, UI, and system. This OS will not replace Windows 10. This is another OS made for other devices.
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