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Microsoft Windows
Windows logo
Windows 8 start screen
Above: New Windows logo introduced in 2012.
Below: The latest Windows release, Windows 8, showing the new start screen.
Company / developer Microsoft
Programmed in C, C++ and Assembly language[1]
OS family Windows 9x, Windows CE and Windows NT
Working state Publicly released
Source model Closed source / Shared source
Initial release November 20, 1985; 31 years ago (1985-11-20) (as Windows 1.0)
Marketing target Personal computing
Available language(s) Multilingual (listing of available Windows 7 language packs)
Update method Windows Update, Windows Anytime Upgrade
Supported platforms ARM, IA-32, x86-64 and Itanium
Kernel type Hybrid (Windows NT family), DOS (16-bit Windows and Windows 9x/ME series)
Default user interface Graphical (Windows Shell)
License Proprietary commercial software
Official website


  1. "NT Server Training: Architectural Overview. Lesson 2 – Windows NT System Overview.". Microsoft TechNet. Microsoft. Retrieved December 9, 2010.