In Pictures: A visual history of OS desktop environments

A trip down memory lane, tracing major milestones in the evolution of the desktop environment.

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Amiga Workbench July 23, 1985 – Just a few short months after the launch of DRI's GEM, Commodore International released the first “Amiga” computer, running its display server, Intuition, and desktop environment, Workbench. Amazing graphics, sound, and video, combined with a highly customizable look and feel, made for some astoundingly impressive demos. This advanced system also featured preemptive multitasking and, I kid you not, file icons that could be different sizes.

Fun Fact: “Amiga” was chosen to be the name for this amazing system... because it came before both “Apple” and “Atari,” alphabetically.

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