Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

Bringing a Bit of Microsoft History to the Web

As I mentioned in the first part of my True Cost of Windows series, I contacted Waggoner Edstrom (Microsoft's PR firm) about getting the MSRP for every edition of Windows before Windows 98. They really came through and did me one better. Since those editions came out before Microsoft launched their website, they're not published anywhere online. They had to contact the Microsoft Archives and dig them out for me.

Fortunately, I'm not just going to keep them for myself. I've re-published them as PDF files, and posted them to the "Files" section of the site. They are published as they were given to me, save for Word 2007-added matching headers and footers. Hey, if I put the effort in to get them and publish them, the least I can do is put my web address in the footer, right? Especially since they're the only copies on the Internet... at least, as far as I know.

You can get the Press Releases for Windows 1.0 - Windows 95 here.



  • February 28, 2007 7:47 AM
  • Chad said:

    "said Bill Bates, Chairman of Microsoft" - Microsoft Press Release for Windows 1.0

    Wow, did they really get his name wrong or was it mis-transcribed somewhere along the line?

    February 28, 2007 9:22 AM
  • Not sure. Like I said, I just posted it as-is. Good catch, though :).

    February 28, 2007 1:15 PM
  • nio said:

    Hi Robert, i have been looking for information about Microsoft's operations for licensing, manufacturing, and operations and logistics. I am writing a report on Microsft and need this information to complete it. Please any help will do. Website links or any info you haev your self on this.



    February 28, 2007 4:08 PM
  • Nio, I'm sorry, I can't help you there. Those operations are probably kept relatively confidential. If you sift through their quarterly financial reports, you might find some details there. You could also try looking for the Press contacts at and asking them to help, they might be able to point you in the right direction.

    March 1, 2007 1:13 PM