An operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation. Recent versions for home use include Windows98, WindowsME, and WindowsXP. Professional/advanced versions include WindowsNT, Windows 2000, WindowsXP Professional.
A family of operating systems for personal computers. Includes Windows 95 - Windows 2000, and Windows NT. Windows provides a graphical user interface (GUI), virtual memory management, multitasking, and support for many peripheral devices.
A generic name form the range of operating systems developed by Microsoft. This range includes Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The Microsoft Windows range of operating systems dominates the personal computer market with over 97 percent of market share
(MS Windows): An operating system that provides full support for multitasking, object linking and embedding, and a graphical user interface. Programs developed for Windows have a consistent user interface; once a person learns to use one, the rest are straightforward. Originally an "operating environment" running on top of DOS, Windows is now a true operating system.
A popular software program that provides a graphical computing environment for IBM-type PCs. Software programs that support the Windows environment (such as Mosaic) can display pictures and can be made easy to use through menus and on-screen pictures called icons.
Windows was introduced as a graphical operating environment that simplified DOS commands and tasks by converting programs and commands to icons that were "clicked" (selected with a mouse or other pointing device) to initiate. Windows also introduced the feature multi-tasking to the IBM-based computer.
The operating system used on the vast majority of the world's personal computers. Modem: A device that connects a computer to a telephone line, allowing data to be sent and received. Also enables access to the Internet.
Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. Microsoft first introduced an operating environment named Windows in November 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing trend of graphical user interfaces (GUI). Microsoft Windows eventually came to dominate the world's personal computer market.