Microsoft Windows, or Windows is the trademark pertaining to a family of graphical user interface based operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft and their partners worldwide. The modern offering of Windows is represented by Windows 10 for PCs and Windows Server 2019 for servers. There are also versions that have been superseded such as Windows 7 & 8 and versions for mobile phones tahat did not succeed in competition with the opebn sourced based offerings of Google and Apple.
Many of the issues faced by users on a daily basis are actually to do with applications running on top of Microsoft Windows or hardware devices that have been installed into Windows and have proprietary software which enable them to run, often referred to as 'drivers.' For software support on applications such as Microsoft Office, please have a look at our software support page.
Hardware problems such as problems with devices and peripherals come in various flavours but if the hard
The earliest versions of Windows were actually in development before the Apple Macintosh was ever released but Apple did already have the Lisa which was an earlier GUI system, based heavily on the Xerox PARC which was not released to market, but was very popular in Universities and used across the Xerox enterprise throughout the US. These early versions of Windows (versions 1 & 2) are more commonly thought of as shells nowadays as they were not a true OS (operating system) as we think of them now, they ran on top of another Disk OS or DOS (disk operating system)
The widespread adoption of the PC in homes and small business popularized computers among people without any formal computer-based training. This quickly created a growing market with openings and opportunities for commercial exploitation. Easy-to-use interfaces unlocking the potential of home and business systems lead to massive investment and many refinements quickly made the Windows OS GUI a popular choice everywhere.
As the GUI increased in popularity, so did the requirement for computers to be able to provide High-color and True Color capabilities, using display adapters providing thousands and millions of colors. Along with this came faster CPUs and accelerated graphic cards, cheaper RAM and storage devices quickly rising from megabytes to gigabytes. The gradual adoption of the Internet in homes quickly gave rise to an environment in which the common user was suddenly able to run complicated GUIs and one where they began to favor feature-rich desktop command processes and prefer windows background wallpapers and other graphics-based aesthetics.
A tablet computer (often shortened to just 'tablet') is a flat mobile touchscreen, usually in colour, with in-built processing circuitry and a rechargeable power source. Tablets are often equipped with sensors, including digital cameras, microphones, GPS and accelerometers which ensures images always appear upright to the user. Touchscreen displays use the recognition of finger and stylus input to replace the mouse, track-pad and keyboard.
Tablets are larger than smart-phones or PDAs with screens usually at least 180 mm measured from corner to diagonally opposite corner. Much of a tablet's functionality does however resemble that of a modern smartphone, such as having a virtual keyboard or by running the same dedicated 'mobile' operating systems.
Tablets are classified according to the presence and physical appearance of their keyboard. Slates and booklets have no physical keyboard, and so text and other is input is usually through a virtual keyboard shown on a touchscreen-enabled display. Hybrids, convertibles, and 2-in-1s such as the Microsoft Surface range do have physical keyboards (although these are usually concealable or detachable), but typically do also use virtual keyboards for when the keyboard is detached or absent. Most tablets can use close-by detached keyboards connected wirelessly via Bluetooth technology.
The format is often stated as having been originally conceptualized in the mid-20th century such as fictional tablets for the film '2001: A Space Odyssey'. Stanley Kubrick went on to prototype and develop tablet style devices in the last two decades of that century.
In April 2010, Apple released the Apple iPad, the first mass-market tablet to really achieve widespread popularity, partly due to the massive App market already available for iPhone. Tablets soon became a large product category used for both personal and workplace applications.
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