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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Lisa January 19, 1983 – Apple unveiled the Lisa. And, while the Lisa didn't technically bring anything brand new to the table, it did provide an interesting feature set (which included multitasking, graphical file browsing, document stationary and more) coupled with a graphically appealing (and quite easy to learn) look and feel.

Fun Fact: The “Lisa” computer is named after Steve Jobs’s first daughter. The official stance was that “LISA” was an acronym for “Local Integrated System Architecture.” Some said it stood for “LISA: Invented Stupid Acronym.”

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