Timeline of Microsoft Windows

This article presents a timeline of events in the history of Microsoft Windows operating systems from 1985.

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The Windows family tree

Desktop and server

Release dateTitleArchitecturesBased Upon
November 20, 1985Windows 1.0x86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
December 9, 1987Windows 2.0x86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
May 27, 1988Windows 2.10x86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
March 13, 1989Windows 2.11x86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
May 22, 1990Windows 3.0x86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
October 20, 1991Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensionsx86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
April 6, 1992Windows 3.1x86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
October 27, 1992Windows for Workgroups 3.1x86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
July 27, 1993Windows NT 3.1IA-32DEC AlphaMIPSWindows NT
November 8, 1993Windows for Workgroups 3.11x86 – 16-bitMS-DOS
September 21, 1994Windows NT 3.5IA-32DEC AlphaMIPSWindows NT
May 30, 1995Windows NT 3.51IA-32DEC AlphaMIPSPowerPCWindows NT
August 24, 1995Windows 95IA-32MS-DOS
August 24, 1996Windows NT 4.0IA-32DEC AlphaMIPSPowerPCWindows NT
June 25, 1998Windows 98IA-32MS-DOS
May 5, 1999Windows 98 SEIA-32MS-DOS
February 17, 2000Windows 2000IA-32Windows NT
September 14, 2000Windows MeIA-32MS-DOS
October 25, 2001Windows XPIA-32Windows NT
October 25, 2001[1]Windows XP 64-Bit Edition (v2002)ItaniumWindows NT
October 31, 2002Windows XP Media Center EditionIA-32Windows NT
March 28, 2003[2]Windows XP 64-Bit Edition (v2003)ItaniumWindows NT
April 24, 2003Windows Server 2003IA-32x64ItaniumWindows NT
September 30, 2003Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004IA-32Windows NT
October 12, 2004Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005IA-32Windows NT
April 25, 2005Windows XP Professional x64 Editionx64Windows NT
December 6, 2005Windows Server 2003 R2IA-32x64ItaniumWindows NT
July 8, 2006Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCsIA-32Windows NT
November 30, 2006Windows Vista for Business useIA-32x64Windows NT
January 30, 2007Windows Vista for Home use; released in fifty countriesIA-32x64Windows NT
November 7, 2007Windows Home ServerIA-32x64Windows NT
February 27, 2008Windows Server 2008IA-32x64Windows NT
October 22, 2009Windows 7IA-32x64Windows NT
October 22, 2009Windows Server 2008 R2x64Windows NT
April 6, 2011Windows Home Server 2011x64Windows NT
July 1, 2011Windows Thin PCIA-32[3]Windows NT
September 4, 2012Windows Server 2012x64Windows NT
October 26, 2012Windows 8IA-32x64Windows NT
October 26, 2012Windows RTARMWindows NT
October 18, 2013Windows 8.1IA-32x64Windows NT
October 18, 2013Windows RT 8.1ARMWindows NT
October 18, 2013Windows Server 2012 R2x64Windows NT
July 29, 2015Windows 10IA-32x64ARMWindows NT
September 27, 2016Windows Server 2016x64Windows NT
October 2, 2018Windows Server 2019x64Windows NT


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Timeline of Windows CE Development

November 16, 1996Windows CE 1.0
June 25, 1997Windows CE 1.01
September 29, 1997Windows CE 2.0
November 1, 1997Windows CE 2.0Handheld PC (H/PC)
January 8, 1998Windows CE 2.01Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC (P/PC) and smartphone
January 8, 1998Windows CE 2.01Auto PC
March 1, 1998Windows CE 2.10
July 1, 1999Windows CE 2.11
September 28, 1999Windows CE 2.12
April 19, 2000Windows CE 3.0
April 19, 2000Pocket PC 2000Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC (P/PC) and smartphone
September 25, 2000Windows CE 3.0 Core Add-on Pack
October 4, 2001Pocket PC 2002Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC (P/PC) and smartphone
January 7, 2002Windows CE 4.0
June 1, 2002Windows CE 4.1 .NET Core
April 23, 2003Windows CE 4.2 .NET Core
June 23, 2003Windows Mobile 2003
March 24, 2004Windows Mobile 2003 SE
July 9, 2004Windows CE 5.0
May 9, 2005Windows Mobile 5.0
September 15, 2006Windows CE 6.0
February 12, 2007Windows Mobile 6.0
April 1, 2008Windows Mobile 6.1
May 11, 2009Windows Mobile 6.5
November 8, 2010Windows Phone 7
March 1, 2011Windows Embedded Compact 7
October 29, 2012Windows Phone 8
June 13, 2013Windows Embedded Compact 2013
April 14, 2014Windows Phone 8.1
November 20, 2015Windows 10 Mobile

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