Related People: Bill Gates
Release Date: 1987
Previous Version: 1.x
Next Version: 3.0
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New Key Features:
- Overlapped windows and icons
- Windows 2.0 came with the ability to let windows and icons are overlapped. Windows can be freely resized and moved in the screen.
- 386 enhanced mode to take advantage of memory larger than 640K
- There are two versions of windows 2.0. The first version of windows 2.0 was called Windows/286 later after Microsoft release windows 2.0 with support of 386 enhance mode, which is called Windows/386. The 386 enhanced mode gave the system capability to run multiple MS-DOS applications simultaneously in extended memory.
In 1987, Microsoft released Windows 2.0, which came with almost same applications as Windows 1.0 but had a lot of improvements in windows management. User can resize and move windows freely to any place in the screen. Windows can overlap any part of other windows. The icons can overlap with other icons too. Windows version 2.0 with support of 386 enhanced mode, which is called Windows 2.0/386 later was release later that year. The only difference between Windows 2.0/286 and Windows 2.0/386 is the 386 enhanced mode let system run multiple MS-DOS applications simultaneously in extended memory, which breaks the limit of 640K base memory.
Like Windows 1.x, Windows 2.0 did not make big success due to the hardware limitation and software limitation. It was not successful comparing to windows versions later than Windows 3.1. The 386 enhanced mode, however, made a big successful step on the history of Windows.