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This is a listing of the versions of the operating systems offered by Microsoft as Windows

Current versions

  • Windows CE for embedded systems including Consumer Electronics products (note: CE is a different operating system from DOS and Windows NT/2000/XP, and Microsoft makes the source code available)
    • Windows Mobile for smart phones and PDAs (a version of Windows CE)
      • Portable Media Center for Digital Media Players
  • Windows XP for desktops and laptops (notebooks)
    • Windows XP Starter Edition, for new computer users in developing countries
    • Windows XP Home Edition, for home desktops and laptops
    • Windows XP Home Edition N, as above, but without a default installation of Windows Media Player, as mandated by an EU ruling
    • Windows XP Professional Edition, for business and power users (Version number: NT 5.1.2600)
    • Windows XP Professional Edition N, as above, but without a default installation of Windows Media Player, as mandated by an EU ruling
    • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, for PCs with 64-bit processors (based on Windows Server 2003)
    • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, for notebooks with a touch screen or a pen-sensitive screen
    • Windows XP Media Center Edition for desktops and notebooks with an emphasis on audio, video, and PVR capability
  • Windows Server 2003 for servers
    • Small Business Server for first server installations (up to 2 processors)
    • Web Edition for basic Web serving (up to 2 processors)
    • Standard Edition for smaller server applications that don't require clustering (up to 4 processors)
    • Enterprise Edition for larger server applications, and clustering (up to 8 processors)
    • Datacenter Edition for mainframe like servers (up to 128 processors)
    • Storage Server for Network Attached Storage Devices
  • Windows XP Embedded for embedded systems
  • Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs, a low-end version of Windows XP that is intended to be a thin-client that works with older hardware.

Past versions

  • DOS-Based
    • 1985 November - Windows 1.0
    • 1987 December 9 - Windows 2.0
    • 1990 May 22 - Windows 3.0
    • 1992 August - Windows 3.1
    • 1992 October - Windows for Workgroups 3.1
    • 1993 November - Windows for Workgroups 3.11
    • 1995 August 24 - Windows 95 (Version number: 4.00.950)
    • 1998 June 25 - Windows 98 (Version number: 4.1.1998)
    • 1999 May 5 - Windows 98 Second Edition (Version number: 4.1.2222)
    • 2000 June 19 - Windows Me (Version number: 4.9.3000)
  • NT Kernel-Based
    • 1993 August - Windows NT 3.1
    • 1994 September - Windows NT 3.5
    • 1995 June - Windows NT 3.51 (Version number: NT 3.5.1057)
    • 1996 July 29 - Windows NT 4.0 - the last version which ran on RISC architectures like DEC Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC. Later versions concentrated on x86-based hardware and - mainly as server OSs - the IA-64 line of CPUs. (Version number: NT 4.0.1381)
    • 2000 February 17 - Windows 2000 (Version number: NT 5.0.2195)
    • 2001 October 25 - Windows XP 64-bit Edition - A version of Windows XP roughly analogous to Windows XP Professional for Intel's IA-64 (Itanium) line of CPUs. It was discontinued in early 2005 after manufacturers stopped shipping Itanium systems marketed as 'workstations'.

Cancelled versions

  • 1991-1998 - Cairo (a "true object-oriented OS") planned after Windows NT
  • 1996 May 3 - Windows Nashville (Windows 96) (cancelled) (Became Windows 95B.)
  • 1999 December - Windows Neptune was sent out to beta testers but was never released. Should have been a consumer version (i.e. home edition) of Windows 2000.

Future versions

  • November 2006 - Windows Vista (previously known by its codename Longhorn) is scheduled to be released for business customers.
  • January 2007 - The home editions of Windows Vista are scheduled to be released.
  • 2007 - Windows Server "Longhorn" (probably Windows Server 2007; announced to continue the year-based naming scheme and estimated for 2007.)
  • ??? - Windows "Vienna" (formerly known as Blackcomb), slated to be Vista's successor.
  • ??? - Windows "Mönch" and Windows "Eiger" Aimed at companies that want to better secure their older machines.
source: wikipedia

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