Windows Versions Based On Windows NT

Windows NT operating system is the basis for the current versions of Windows.

Windows NT has become a widespread operating system in the computer world, as today you can find variations of the original Windows NT on laptops, desktops, servers and Xbox consoles worldwide.

Windows 2000

Windows 2000 (Windows NT 5.0) was built on Windows NT 4.0. In addition, Windows 2000 had most of the useful qualities of Windows 98, such as support for Plug and Play. Windows 2000’s operating system was available in several versions. One version was for workstations, and there were several versions for servers.

Windows XP

Launched in August 2001, Windows XP (Windows NT 5.1) has been the most popular version of Windows, based on the number of copies sold.

Windows Vista

Launched in November 2006, Windows Vista (Windows NT 6.0) contained hundreds of new and revised features.

Windows 7

Windows 7 (Windows NT 6.1) came in October 2009. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 did not contain many new features, basically being more of an upgrade of Windows Vista. The objective of Windows 7 was an operating system that had increased functionality and performance over previous versions.

Windows 8

Windows 8 (Windows NT 6.2) came in October 2012, and contained a new graphical interface known as Metro, which is used for tablets, laptops, desktops and Windows Phone. Optimized for touch screens, Metro can also be controlled with a mouse and keyboard.

Windows 10

Windows 10 (Windows NT 10.0) came in July 2015. Windows 10 is intended as the last version as there will be no Windows 11. Instead Windows Update will update the existing Windows 10 to new versions. At this point there have been three such updates, one in November 2015 (version 1511), one in July 2016 (version 1607) and one in Mars 2017 (version 1703).

Microsoft described Windows 10 as an operating system as a service that would receive ongoing updates to its features and functionality. Windows 10 harmonizes the user experience and functionality between different classes of device, and addresses shortcomings in the user interface that were introduced in Windows 8.

Windows 10 has become a shared platform known as OneCore, and it runs on PCs, phones, the Xbox One game console, the HoloLens and Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as Raspberry Pi 2.


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