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Over the last 30 years, many different versions of windows come and go. In the end, Windows NT kernel conquered the world of the PC, the power to kill all of the hard-to-Windows XP on phones and Xbox running Windows 10.

, but some of the one-hit-wonders of Windows, it turned out to be more important in retrospect than they appeared at a time while the other holds forgotten. Anyway, without further ado, here are our top 10 long-lost version of Windows …

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Windows 2 Office

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Microsoft makes less and less money from Windows and more and more money from the Office these days. Management has always been software that demonstrated features of Windows, and in fact, some features of Windows, have built capacity Office.

This goes all the way back in the early versions of Word and Excel on Windows, in 1987, which included a performance version of Windows, 2. When did you start to Excel or Word, Windows, 2 started as well to run it – and when you were done with the program and close it, Windows is also closed and you fell to the DOS.

Windows NT 3.51 for Alpha, MIPS, and PowerPC

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When Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will also run on ARM processor – first as OS Windows RT, and then the Windows Phone 8 -. This was not the first time the Windows strayed from x86 processors Intel, which is usually regarded as his defining hardware

In 1995, Windows NT 3.51 ran to PowerPC chip IBM as well as Alpha DEC, and MIPS processor with that NT has supported since version 3.1 (in 1993). Microsoft wanted to release NT 3.5 with support for PowerPC, but they had to wait until IBM has not finished debugging the chip, and they do not want to delay the NT 3.5 anymore.

When Compaq bought DEC, she refused Alpha processor for the ill-fated Itanium, and Microsoft built a version of Windows NT for that too. The idea Abstraction Layer equipment that allow NT run on different processor architectures is that has allowed have to run on the ARM after all these years.

Windows for Pen Computing

Windows for pen computing

Tablet PC is not the first time Microsoft has tried to start the computer with a handle. Back in 1992, Windows for Pen Computing 1.0 brought a handwriting recognition application notes can be written on the screen and keyboard for Windows 3.1. There was a version for Windows 95, as well as pen computing 2.0.

Windows 3.11 to perform on-site Omnibook 300

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If your laptop or tablet has the SSD, the operating system is loaded fairly quickly – but Windows 3.11 could to do that as early as 1993

ultraportable systems such as HP Omnibook 300 used version of Windows, which ran from performing in place (XIP) ROM, the equivalent of flash memory, which means you can run, and the Office to to begin as quickly as you could turn on the screen (monochrome). And if you run out of power, you can run it four batteries AA …

for Windows

Windows for workgroups

In 1993, Microsoft was serious about the network for small businesses running Windows for Workgroups 3.11, which was held in the network ad-hoc from Windows 3.1 for Workgroups (yes, Microsoft was a master name intricate production even then), and added a remote access and interoperability NetWare, to make it a serious competitor to then leader of Novell NetWare.

Microsoft also touted the idea of ​​Windows to work (codenamed Strider), an embedded version of Windows, fax, laser printers and other equipment (which quickly gained the nickname ‘Windows for washing machines “).

Windows to work does not come – but for Windows 3 did so in some cash registers and even in-flight entertainment systems for Virgin Atlantic and Qantas, where he was still in use in 2008

embarrassingly, the system is decorated with air traffic control at the airport of Orly in Paris to tell the pilots on visual runways are still working on Windows 3.1 – and it crashed in November 2015

Windows Embedded CE and

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Microsoft made its first foray into embedded with Windows CE, which is not run for the Compact Edition -. or consumers Edition, or, Microsoft will require nothing in particular

Originally produced for the “Pocket PC” and the organizers of pocket in 1996 (including the short-lived operating system of the tablet), Windows CE is also the basis for the system of Microsoft Auto PC for in-car systems, and for different set- top boxes and industrial equipment. It is best known for powering Windows Mobile Phone.

In parallel, Microsoft has also had some success with an embedded version of Windows NT, which was presented In 1997, with the day Scalability where there was Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer on stage with HT-powered ATMs (they used the PIN code is 1111, to take money from an ATM with the card, which is still in the museum of Microsoft in Redmond).

Windows Embedded was rebuilt on top of the Windows XP and later versions of Windows, as modular, closed down the operating system, which has become very popular – running everything from display systems Airport in slaughterhouses, and the majority of cash machines in the world,

Media Center PCs and tablet PCs

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Today, you can buy a computer-on-stick or tablet surface and they both run the same version of Windows. You could have Windows on your TV, or tablet computer with Windows XP, as well; Microsoft made two special versions of XP.

Version Tablet PC is better known, but the Windows XP Media Center Edition (code-named Freestyle) came out in 2002, although you could only get it if you buy a high -end home theater PC.

In the UK, Elonex computer built right into the TV screen, so you can watch live TV, or use the Media Center DVR, to record programs to watch later. After all, Media Center has become a software that comes with every copy of Windows – until it was discontinued in the operating system Windows 10.

origami and haiku

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Long before, Ipad came out in 2010, or even the iPhone in 2007, Microsoft showed a tiny, thin, touch-driven PCs conference WinHEC 2005 – Bill Gates talked about the all-day battery life in 500g Package and $ 800 price.

The device, codenamed Haiku is actually a wooden mock-up, but in 2006 Microsoft launched a viral marketing campaign for a relatively shorter device called Project Origami.

This occurred the same year, UMPCs – 8-inch ultra mobile PC with a touch screen and a keyboard split across the two lower corners. The best-known model was the Samsung Q1, but you might as well download the Origami Experience software package for other sensory PC.

Windows Home Server

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“Mom, why have a server in the house?” I asked parody children’s book that Microsoft made in 2007 to support Windows Home Server. The answer was that Microsoft wants to make something where you could keep all your photos, music, videos and files that are not NAS device runs Linux, and that would be more intelligent and easy way to ensure reliable memory than the RAID.

Instead of forcing you to buy the same drive, or waste space on a larger drive, WHS uses smart software called Drive Extender to store multiple copies of your files securely distributed across multiple disks. It was a bit too clever and expensive for many home users -. Systems Windows Home Server was more expensive than a simple NAS

But they were so popular with small businesses that manufacturers have seen a new market, and asked the many features business level in the next release -., Which turned out to Windows Home Server in complicated, overpriced system, abandoned many of the features that have made it popular in the first place, and the 2011 version has been in the past

Businesses can get the best bits of Windows Home Server in Windows Server. Home users have turned to the cloud, but now, OneDrive offers only memory, Microsoft can afford to provide the cost of the subscription office, Redmond does not really have a solution to keep the house.

for Windows, which has never been


version of Windows Vista, which comes – and became a slogan for Windows problem because so few PC had the right hardware to run it properly – was not Longhorn operating system, we have been waiting since 2003 (and that Microsoft is already working on since 2001). Building Windows-based .NET was not working well, and in 2004, Microsoft is once again beginning, ending Vista.

Longhorn is not the first version of Windows, not out to get over. What would Windows 96, codenamed Cleveland and Nashville, and some of the promise of a IE 4 integration comes as an upgrade.

And in 1999, Microsoft is working on Neptune, a very different take on the OS Windows, which would be Good for things like auto-save files; page of his “the Centre” and customizable starting place “may seem more familiar (think phone hubs of Windows, and the Start menu.)

Neptune was going to add the Windows NT kernel for the successor to Windows 98, and Ulysses will follow Windows 2000. In developing the Neptune stuck, Microsoft combined the two projects in Whistler. – and it was for Windows XP

code Longhorn came from the bar in the ski resort of Whistler-Blackcomb (close enough to Seattle many developers Microsoft, to visit ) that you have to go, when you go from one mountain to another. It was supposed to be version of Windows, between Whistler / XP and Blackcomb -. Planned successor to Vista (although Microsoft has changed the code to Vienna, when work began on Windows 7)

More recently, we’ve never seen Midori – It was the operating system of research, which would be completely rebuilt Windows and how to use the old-fashioned windows, although parts of it were in other places Microsoft.