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Today marks the 35th anniversary of Microsoft’s now ubiquitous operating system. Windows 1.0 arrived on Nov. 20, 1985, and it made the pages of PC Magazine a few days later with a brief write-up discussing its potential to help those befuddled by the complexities of MS-DOS.
In the 35 years since, we’ve covered all manner of Windows releases, up to and including the “last” version of the OS, Windows 10, which made its debut in 2015. You can take a trip down memory lane and read our reviews of Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 on PCMag.com. But for older versions, you’ll need to dig into the archives of the PC Magazine print edition.
To save you the trouble, we perused back issues (now digitized on Google Books) to find Windows coverage dating back 35 years. What did we think of Microsoft’s OS when it first landed? Did we know Vista was doomed from the start? Read on to find out.
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