1. When referring to an operating system, Windows or win is an operating environment created by Microsoft that provides an interface, known as a Graphical User Interface (GUI), for computers. Windows eliminates the need to memorize commands for the command line (MS-DOS) by using a mouse to navigate through menus, dialog boxes, buttons, tabs, and icons. If you are using a PC (IBM) computer you are most likely using a version of Windows. If you are on an Apple computer you are using macOS.
Microsoft Windows was first introduced with version 1.0 on November 10, 1983. Since its release, there have been over a dozen versions of Windows. The most current version of Windows for end users is Windows 10.
Microsoft Windows help pages
- How to determine your version of Windows.
- Windows 10 help
- Windows 8 and 8.1 help
- Windows 7 help
- Windows Vista help
- Windows XP
- Windows 2000
- Windows NT
- Windows ME
- Windows 98
- Windows 95
- Windows 3.x
- The history of Microsoft Windows.
- Windows programs and run line commands.
- Linux vs. Windows
- Microsoft Windows shortcut keys.
- Computer operating system information and help.
2. The term window is also used to describe the visual square area of a program. See the window definition for additional information about this term.