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Bill Gates Windows 1.0

Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line. This operating system runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation, to provide an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, in addition to existing MS-DOS software. Company founder Bill Gates spearheaded development after seeing a demo of a similar software suite known as Visi On at COMDEX. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.

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Bill Gates Mansion

According to the King County public assessor's office, Bill Gates' home in Medina, Washington is worth a whopping $154-million as of July 2015, but did you know that the billionaire purchased the lot for the paltry sum of $2-million in 1988. He reportedly pays around $1-million in property taxes each year. The house was the result of a collaboration between Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects (based in Pennsylvania but with satellite offices in Seattle and San Francisco) and Cutler-Anderson Architects of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Xbox Prototype

We're guessing that if Microsoft actually released an X-shaped Xbox back in 2001, sales would have taken off like a rocket immediately, but everyone knows that wasn't the case. The original console was officially unveiled to the public at CES 2001 in Las Vegas. However, due to the immense popularity of game consoles in Japan, Microsoft delayed the release of the Xbox in Europe to focus on the Japanese video game market. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Funny Windows BSOD Blue Screen of Death

For those who have been Mac or Linux users all their lives, the Blue Screen of Death (also known as BSoD) is basically an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, also known as a system crash: when the operating system reaches a condition where it can no longer operate safely. BSoDs have been present in Windows NT 3.1 (the first version of the Windows NT family, released in 1993) and all Windows operating systems released afterwards. They can be caused by poorly written device drivers or malfunctioning hardware, such as faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of components, or hardware running beyond its specification limits. One place you shouldn't see this error is at a concert, but with computers powering everything these days, it's not too out of the ordinary for something like this to happen. Continue reading for more.

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Halo 5 Spartan Armor

H/T: Its Raining Neon via iO9 | Photo by : Dave Yang

Halo 5 is currently one of the hottest games available, so much so that gamer DeAnna Davis decided to create real-life armor modeled after the in-game suits. "My Halo 5 Kelly 087 is my 10th full suit of armor offically ( not counting projects that included armor work but wasnt a full head to toe ordeal) And the first thing i learned was mobility is most important, (which i learned the hard way since i couldnt bend my knees or sit down in my deamon hunter cosplay xD(my 1st suit ever (go big or go home). But I really took that to heart with this suit so in a little less than one whole month of non stop work i made sure everything was not only easy to move in but pretty comfortable," said Davis. Continue reading for one more pictures.

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Kangaroo PC Windows 10

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If you prefer the desktop experience, but don't want to lug around a large tower, the Kangaroo Portable PC is your answer. This pocket-sized Windows 10 64-bit computer is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Processor (up to 2.24 GHz), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, and even a fingerprint reader for added security. The integrated rechargeable battery is good for 4-hours of casual use, while an included external dock adds HDMI, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports for desktop use. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Metal Gear in real-life.

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Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard

Microsoft's Universal Mobile Keyboard makes typing on the go a breeze, and you can pick one up for $39.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $79.95. It's designed to work with iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Windows tablets. Pair up to 3 devices with different operating systems and easily switch between them. Product page. Continue reading for two more videos, including the official Microsoft product preview, and additional information.

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Microsoft HoloLens AR

Microsoft unveiled "Project X-Ray" today at their Windows 10 Devices event, and it's basically a new augmented-reality game prototype for its HoloLens AR headset. This game has players using an arm-mounted holographic weapon to fight off robots flying around the player's real-life surroundings. The robots can also interact with furniture and architecture, and even burst through walls. Continue reading for the full 8-minute video demonstration.

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Microsoft HoloLens Real World

You've seen Minecraft meets HoloLens, now check out this amazing real-world application. Early reviewers have likened the HoloLens experience to seeing a realistic world through a small magic window in the center of your view. A newly released video showcases Microsoft's partnership with Case Western Reserve University, and the transition from camera-filling holograms to a first-person view, showing how the effect vanishes outside a small central window. Continue reading to watch.

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Hololens Minecraft

Today at E3 2015, Microsoft showcased just what HoloLens is capable of when combined with the hit game Minecraft. According to Kotaku, here are just a few of the possibilities: "You can play Minecraft right on your wall, and then transfer it to another surface; You can manipulate the world using your voice and your hands. And of course, you can walk around and change your viewpoint whenever you'd like; You can zoom in, out, and around using your voice; You can raise the world and see things that are normally not visible; Whatever you look at? The game is aware of it. During the demo, the presenter looks at a TNT pack and tells the game to strike it with lightning. Amazing." Continue reading for the video.

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