I remember my 21st birthday. Nobody had any money, but 10 of my friends took me out to dinner to a really nice resturant anyway. They managed to pay for dinner, but couldn’t afford a birthday cake, so they got some donuts from a store nearby and got the whole resturant to sing “Happy Birthday” to me.

Today Microsoft Windows turns 21 on November 20. It was born in 1985. Here are some party trivia for you, the wild bunch who care about these sort of things.

Windows 1.0 was released on 20th Nov 1985 and the hardware requirements were 256KB of RAM, DOS 2.0 and two floppy drives.

Windows 1.0 was only out for two weeks before it had to be patched to fix bugs.

Support for Windows 1.0 was weak, and even Microsoft’s own apps didn’t support it. In fact, Excel and Word didn’t work with Windows until 1987 and 1989.

The Windows operating system has 50 million lines of code (a line averages 60 characters) and grows 20% with every release. It’s put together by 7,200 people, comes in 34 languages and has to support 190,000 devices–different models of digital cameras, printers, handhelds and so on.

Party on.

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Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

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