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Windows 2.0
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
Windows 1.0 logo.svg
Windows 2.0.png
Screenshot of Windows 2.0
Release date 9 December 1987 (info)
Current version 2.03 (December 9, 1987; 22 year(s) ago (1987-12-09)) (info)
Source model Closed source
License MS-EULA
Support status
Unsupported as of 31 December 2001

Windows 2.0 was a 16-bit Microsoft Windows graphical user interface-based operating environment that superseded Windows 1.0. Windows 2.0 was supplemented by Windows/286 and Windows/386 in 1988. Windows 2.0, Windows/286 and Windows/386 were superseded by Windows 3.0 in May 1990.




Application support

The first Windows versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel ran on Windows 2.0. Third-party developer support for Windows increased substantially with this version (some shipped the Windows Runtime software with their applications, for customers who had not purchased the full version of Windows). However, most developers still maintained DOS versions of their applications, as Windows users were still a distinct minority of their market.

Applications shipping with Windows 2.0:

Legal conflict with Apple

On 17 March 1988, Apple filed suit against Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, accusing them of violating copyrights Apple held on the Macintosh System Software.[1] Apple claimed the "look and feel" of the Macintosh operating system, taken as a whole, was protected by copyright and that Windows 2.0 violated this copyright by looking extremely similar to it.


Windows 2.0 allowed application windows to overlap each other unlike its predecessor Windows 1.0, which could display only tiled windows. Windows 2.0 also introduced more sophisticated keyboard-shortcuts and the terminology of "Minimize" and "Maximize", as opposed to "Iconize" and "Zoom" in Windows 1.0.


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Windows 2.0
(Part of the Microsoft Windows family)
Release information
Release date: March 18, 1992 info
Source model: Closed source
License: Microsoft EULA
Kernel type: Other
Support status
Not Supported

Windows 2.x is in the family of Microsoft Windows picture-based systems that was better than Windows 1.0. Windows 2.x was said to look almost the same to the first Mac OS and more closely matched Microsoft's pre-release publicity for Windows 1.0.


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