Nice historical post from Charles Petzold

Charles Petzold, whose books we’ve all read by now, has a post on his 20 years of Microsoft Windows talk, in which he describes actually writing a new Windows 1.0 program. For all of the irritation I feel whenever I have to write for Win32, the thing is really amazing when you consider the time line:

  • The PC was released in 1981
  • Windows 1.0 was begun in 1983ish
  • Windows 1.01, the first public version, was released in 1985
  • Windows NT was started in 1989

In only four years, we went from the introduction of the PC to the introduction of Windows. Imagine Outlook Web Access showing up in 2000, five years ago, with most of the stuff that makes modern AJAX apps tick. It has taken us longer to build the web into an AJAX platform than it took Microsoft to release the first version of Windows. And we have lots more brains working on this sort of thing now.

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