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Windows 8 In Depth by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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Windows 8 Versions

For a long time, we got one new version of Windows every 3 years or so. It was called Windows Some Number: Windows 1, Windows 2, Windows 3, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 666 (well, technically it was called Windows Me). There was just one one-size-fits-all version: Windows.

In parallel, the New Technology product line, written from scratch, without MS-DOS underneath it, spawned Windows NT Workstation and Windows 2000 Professional. NT was stable and much more secure than Windows 3 and 9x, although its user interface always lagged by about 3 years. That was due mostly to the difficulty and expense of developing and maintaining two completely separate Windows. Still, it was revered in the business world where ...

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