Microsoft Windows is an operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation in 1985 to run on your computer. It is the most popular operating system used by different types and brands of PC. 

Since it was launched in 1985, Microsoft has released several versions of its Windows, each coming with superior updates to the previous editions. It was designed to run on computers only, but the first version for mobile became available in 2003.Microsoft Windows is available in client versions, Server versions, Device versions, Automotive versions, and Mobile versions. This post will explore the different versions in detail. Read on to find out more.

Windows Version List With Editions

Windows version Editions Release Date

Windows 11

Windows 11 Home

Windows 11 Pro

Windows Education

Windows 11 Pro Education

Windows 11 Enterprise

October 2021

Windows 10

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Windows 10 Pro Education

Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC (formerly LTSB)

Windows 10 Education

Windows 10 IoT Core

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

Windows 10 S (Used for Enterprise and Education purpose)

July 2015

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Pro

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Windows 8.1 OEM

Windows 8.1 with Bing

October 2013 

Windows 8    

Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows 8 OEM

October 2012

Windows 7

Windows 7 Starter

Windows 7 Home Basic

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Enterprise

Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows Thin PC

October 2009

Windows Vista

Windows Vista Starter

Windows Vista Home Basic

Windows Vista Home Premium

Windows Vista Business

Windows Vista Enterprise

Windows Vista Ultimate

January 2007

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition


April 2005

Windows XP

Windows XP Starter

Windows XP Home

Windows XP Professional

Windows XP 64-bit Edition

October 2001

Windows Me


September 2000

Windows 2000


February 2000

Windows 98

Windows 98

Windows 98 Second Edition

June 1998

Windows NT 4.0

Windows NT 4.0 Workstation

August 1996

Windows 95

Windows 95 Windows 95 SP1 (December 31, 1995)

Windows 95 OSR1 (February 14, 1996)

Windows 95 OSR2 (August 24, 1996)

Windows 95 USB Supplement to OSR2 (August 27, 1997)

Windows 95 OSR2.1 (August 27, 1997)

Windows 95 OSR2.5 (November 26, 1997)

August 1995

Windows NT 3.51

Windows NT 3.51 Workstation

May 1995

Windows NT 3.5

Windows NT 3.5 Workstation

September 1994

Windows 3.2


November 1993

Windows for Workgroups 3.11


November 1993

Windows NT 3.1

Windows NT 3.1

July 1993

Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1

Windows for Workgroups 3.1 (October 1992

April 1992

Windows 3.0


May 1990

Windows 2.11



March 1989

Windows 2.10    



May 1988

Windows 2.03    


December 1987

Windows 1.04    


April 1987

Windows 1.03


August 1986

Windows 1.02


May 1986

Windows 1.0


November 1985

Microsoft Windows Server Versions

Below are the available Microsoft Server Versions list with Editions, which is used for hosting web-applications:

Windows version Editions

Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 Essentials

Windows Server 2019 Standard

Windows Server 2019 Datacenter

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Windows Server 2016 Standard

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Foundation

Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 Standard

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Windows MultiPoint Server 2012

Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 Standard

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems

Windows Server Foundation 2008

Windows Essential Business Server 2008

Windows HPC Server 2008

Windows Small Business Server 2008

Windows Storage Server 2008

Windows Web Server 2008

Windows Server 2003 R2

Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2

Windows Server 2003 R2 (Web Edition)

Windows Server 2003 R2 (Standard Edition)

Windows Server 2003 R2 (Enterprise Edition)

Windows Server 2003 R2 (Datacenter Edition)

Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 (CCS)

Windows Storage Server

Windows Home Server

Windows Server 2003

Windows Small Business Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 (Web Edition)

Windows Server 2003 (Standard Edition)

Windows Server 2003 (Enterprise Edition)

Windows Server 2003 (Datacenter Edition)

Windows Storage Server

Windows 2000

Windows 2000 Server Windows 2000 Advanced Server Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

Windows NT 4.0

Windows NT 4.0 Server Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition

Windows NT 3.51

Windows NT 3.51 Server

Windows NT 3.5

Windows NT 3.5 Server

Microsoft PC Windows Versions and Their Details

Below is the list of the Microsoft windows that are available for PC.

Windows 11

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Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft Windows released in October 2021. It has two main editions - the Home edition for consumer users and the Pro edition for professional users.

Windows 11 supports the following editions; Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro, the Windows Education, Windows 11 Pro Education, and Windows 11 Enterprise. It supports about one hundred languages. It has easy-to-use tools that help you optimize your screen space and maximize productivity. 

The operating system is free through Windows updates to Windows 10 users with the minimum requirements. Windows 7 and 8 users must first upgrade to Windows 10 before upgrading to Windows 11.

Windows 10

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Windows 10 is a member of the Microsoft Windows operating system family. It was the newest Microsoft operating system before releasing Windows 11 in 2021. It was made available in 2015 and stood as the best Microsoft operating system for 6 years. It has updated features compared to its predecessor, and it is the best alternative for Windows PCs that do not meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11.

The operating system supports different versions. Some of the versions it supports are Windows Home, Windows Pro, Windows Education, Windows Pro Education, Windows Enterprise, etc.

Windows 8.1

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Windows 8.1 is another version of Microsoft's operating system made available in 2013 as part of a shift by Microsoft towards regular, yearly upgrades for its products and services. It has expanded functionality to apps than Windows 8.0 have, and it is still relevant to many Windows users. Although Its start menu has live tiles like Windows 8, you will notice its improvements when you use its features.

Windows 8.0

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Windows 8.0 is a colorful and easy-to-use operating system optimized for touch-sensitive systems. It is a good choice of an operating system for non-professional users, and it became available for users in October 2012. It supports Pro, Enterprise, and OEM editions. 

Windows 8 features high speed and an innovative and dynamic desktop. It is bug-free, and it has a speedy boot time.

Windows 7

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Microsoft has released several versions of its Windows before releasing Windows 7 in 2009. But, the October 2007 release was revolutionary. Its features marked a turnaround in the history of Microsoft Windows.

Windows 7 introduced new graphical features and a new taskbar that works closely with what you have in the Mac OS X dock. It also has device management and security enhancements that make it easier to use. Other factors that made it attractive and easy to use are its Improved backup, Less annoying notifications, and new ways of organizing files with libraries. Windows 7 supports seven editions: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 7 Thin PC.

Microsoft also has other versions of Windows for mobile phones and other devices.


The above are the most relevant versions of Microsoft Windows. The latest version for personal computers is the Windows 11, also called the next-generation Windows OS.

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