the only version of microsoft windows with consistent visual design was 95. also it didnt really do much. thats why its my favorite version

@jk too bad 95 was just a copy cat of PC/GEOS Ensemble released in 1990

@jk if only what, like if PC/GEOS "won"? I assume the same story would play out the same but with different people.

@drzaiusx11 i thought that was what later versions of GEOS/GeoWorks Ensemble/Ensemble Ensemble/Breadbox Works/GeoDeal Breadsemble looked like??? just lookin now and all the pre-1994/5 versions i can find look like they're derived from windows 3.x in the same way that GEOS on the commodore derived from MacOS. as far as i know the whole "taskbar + start button in bottom left + programs menu" was an original microsoft creation based on user testing, imo their only sincere foray into good design

@jk @drzaiusx11 AFAIK PC-GEOS's GUI (before the "Industry Standard" GUI that is depicted in that screenshot) borrows its UI from the Motif toolkit and CUA semantics (so it looks closer to things like CDE than Windows 3.x), but then Windows 2.x/3.x followed CUA itself.

@jk Ensemble 2.x predates 95 and looks similar (true, this shot is from a later Ensemble which adopted similar icons to 95. So copying went both ways) Let me try and dig up a better shot

@jk GeoWorks 2.01 in that shot is from 1993. Windows 1.0 also had a taskbar at the bottom so really OSs have been playing with this idea for a while. 1.0 was icon-based like modern windows, so they've come full circle. The win10 interface is the true "classic"

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