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Features of Windows® Operating Systems
Functions of operating system are to provide controls for all operations of a system. The Microsoft® Windows® has series of operating systems and graphical user interface (GUI) produced by Microsoft®. Earlier versions of Windows Operating System are Windows® 1.0, Windows® 2.0, Windows® 2.1x, Windows® 3.0, and Windows® 3.1. These Microsoft® products were not popular because of its lack of functionality compared to other operating system that would present in the 1985s. As years went by, many versions of Windows operating system released such as, Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows® Me, Windows® NT, Windows Vista®, Windows® 2000, Windows® XP, Windows 7 etc. Each version has its own features and functionality. The look and feel of each version differ from one another. Microsoft® provides two approaches for Windows® operating system, one is suited for home user and other is intended for IT professional. These dual approaches result in home editions with more multimedia functionalities. However, Microsoft® operating system for home users have less functionality with regard to security and networking.
- Microsoft® Windows® 1.0
- Microsoft® Windows® XP
- Microsoft® Windows® 8
Microsoft® Windows® 1.0
Microsoft® Windows® 1.0 version is the first version of Windows® and is a 16-bit graphical operating system. It was the first attempt to implement a multi-tasking graphical user interface based operating environment on PC platform. It was available only on floppy disks. It offered limited multitasking of existing MS-DOS® programs. It provides support for backward compatibility. It does not allow overlapping of Windows®. It was designed to have the pull-up menus at the bottom of Windows®.
Microsoft® Windows® XP
Microsoft® Windows XP is an operating system for personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, and media centers. ‘XP’ is the short name for ‘eXPerience’. Service packs for Windows® XP are service pack 1, service pack 2, service pack 2b, service pack 2c and service pack 3. Its Connection manager supports favorites to saving settings for multiple network locations, client side logging and callback features. It provides support for homePNA adaptor and soft modems. It provides support for simple boot specification. It has software restriction policies.
It is the upcoming version of Microsoft® Windows®. It might have many added features compared to other product of the Microsoft® Windows®. It might be working in speed with high security. It support 128-bit platform. If provides Distributed File System Replication service and major improvements in branchcache. It is mainly concentrated in maintaining and improving DirectAccess features for mobile users.