It was the successor to both Windows for professional users and Windows Me for home users. It was released to manufacturing on August 24, , and broadly released for retail sale on October 25, Development of Windows XP began in the late s as " Neptune ", an operating system OS built on the Windows NT kernel which was intended specifically for mainstream consumer use. An updated version of Windows was also originally planned for the business market; however, in January , both projects were scrapped in favor of a single OS codenamed "Whistler", which would serve as a single OS platform for both consumer and business markets.
Windows 8 is an operating system that was produced by Microsoft , released as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. The product was released to manufacturing on August 1, , and generally to retail on October 26, Windows 8 introduced major changes to the operating system's platform and user interface to improve its user experience on tablets , where Windows was now competing with mobile operating systems , including Android and iOS. Windows 8 added support for USB 3. Additional security features were introduced, such as built-in antivirus software , integration with Microsoft SmartScreen phishing filtering service and support for UEFI Secure Boot on supported devices with UEFI firmware , to prevent malware from infecting the boot process. Windows 8 was released to a mixed critical reception. Although reaction towards its performance improvements, security enhancements, and improved support for touchscreen devices was positive, the new user interface of the operating system was widely criticized for being potentially confusing and difficult to learn, especially when used with a keyboard and mouse instead of a touchscreen. Despite these shortcomings, 60 million Windows 8 licenses were sold through January , a number that included both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new PCs. Microsoft released Windows 8.
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A window is an opening in a wall , door , roof or vehicle that allows the passage of light and may also allow the passage of sound and sometimes air. Modern windows are usually glazed or covered in some other transparent or translucent material, a sash set in a frame  in the opening; the sash and frame are also referred to as a window. Windows often have a latch or similar mechanism to lock the window shut or to hold it open by various amounts. The Romans were the first known to use glass for windows, a technology likely first produced in Roman Egypt , in Alexandria ca. Paper windows were economical and widely used in ancient China , Korea and Japan. In England , glass became common in the windows of ordinary homes only in the early 17th century whereas windows made up of panes of flattened animal horn were used as early as the 14th century. In the 19th century American west, greased paper windows came to be used by itinerant groups.
In computing, a window is a graphical control element. It consists of a visual area containing some of the graphical user interface of the program it belongs to and is framed by a window decoration. It usually has a rectangular shape  that can overlap with the area of other windows. It displays the output of and may allow input to one or more processes. Windows are primarily associated with graphical displays, where they can be manipulated with a pointer by employing some kind of pointing device. Text-only displays can also support windowing, as a way to maintain multiple independent display areas, such as multiple buffers in Emacs. Text windows are usually controlled by keyboard, though some also respond to the mouse.