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Networking The Complete Reference, Third Edition by Bobbi Sandberg

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CHAPTER

17 Windows

In the years since its initial release in 1985, Microsoft’s Windows operating system has become the most prevalent operating system on the market. Window’s familiar interface and ease of use enabled relatively unsophisticated users to install and maintain local area networks (LANs), making LAN technology a ubiquitous part of doing business. The various versions of Windows 8 (and 8.1), the latest incarnations of the operating system, are designed for use by mobile devices, stand-alone computers, and the most powerful servers.

The Role of Windows

Windows operates on a peer-to-peer model, in which each system can function both as a client and as a server. As a result, the same familiar interface is used in all Windows computers, ...

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