WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER:
Windows 8 represents the biggest leap in the entire lifetime of this operating system. It is not simply a new version that updates old capabilities and adds a number of requested and trendy features. But, as Microsoft emphasizes, the operating system has been “re-imagined.” Without knowing where Windows 8 comes from, it is difficult to understand the paradigm shift it brings.
In this chapter, you first learn how the operating system has evolved over the last 27 years, and then you learn about the development technologies and tools as they evolved in tandem with Windows.
When the very first version of Microsoft Windows was released on November 20, 1985, it was designed to be geared toward graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Microsoft created Windows as an extra component for ...