Microsoft Interface Manager

A friend pointed me to this site, as it has pictures of the 1983 Comdex version of Microsoft Interface Manager… This was the start of all things Windows.

Now “oscollect.ru” is Russian, and I figured I’d provide a mechanical translation (google) of the page for anyone that wants to at least experience a little of the magic that was MIM.

Microsoft Interface Manager
Internal Release 3

Develop graphics engine, known as Interface Manager, started in 1983. Microsoft was first shown at the exhibition Comdex’83, where and preserved its screenshots. According to foreign colleagues, given shots – a restored image from photographs. In 1984, Interface Manager has been renamed in Windows.


Boot Screen


First Start

As can be seen in the photograph, design and concept of Interface Manager is very different from that seen in the first versions of Windows. The screen is divided into two parts: the panel available at this time teams, and the “working area” where windows are placed open applications.


Programs


Basic


Word Processor (Microsoft Word)

When you start a text editor set of commands on the toolbar at the bottom has changed, ie Apparently, there appear general commands, or commands for the currently active window.

Just can not help noticing that quite diverse controls window. In the upper right corner there’s a icon in a folder, for what he says I do not know exactly, but perhaps this is the system menu.


Command Line


Shutdown

And that’s about it. Again, I just found these images on oscollect.ru, I did not install this, I don’t have any disks, I don’t know if this release even worked, or if these are even forged screenshots……

But I do think it’s very interesting that even back in 1983, The whole menu and ‘run’ commands at the bottom of the screen were there….

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What is there to tell? I've loved UNIX like things since I was first exposed to QNX in highschool (we had the Unisys ICONS!), and spent the better time of my teenage years trying to get my own UNIX... I should have bought Coherent in retrospect.. Anyways latched onto Linux in 1992, and then got some old BSD admin books and have been hooked on the VAX BSD & other big/ancient things since...!

7 thoughts on “Microsoft Interface Manager

  1. Sadly, the site says those are pics taken at a fair, and then digitally restored.
    The software, probably, is gone forever (or at least it's not publicly/easily accessible, stored deep inside an old drawer at microsoft).

  2. Yeah that's pretty much the size of it…

    Then again while it may look useful, it could be just mockups for all we know, but at the same time it's really cool to see Windows first time out of the gate…

  3. Heh you have to love how things get out from these contest type events.. It reminds me of a photoshop contest where some people did giant skeletons that people pass the results out as proof of some giants that lived ages ago….

    Oh well such is life on the internet, but thanks for at least owing up to it! πŸ™‚

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