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Impact of the evolution of computer hardware with respect to the evolution of operating systems software with examples of how the improvements in the hardware created the need for changes in the operating system software.

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Impact of the evolution of computer hardware with respect to the evolution of operating systems software with examples of how the improvements in the hardware created the need for changes in the operating system software.

Little Background
The evolution of the operating systems has been remarkable since not only has it transformed the personal computer into a major business and consumer product, but has also made computing easier. Computer hardware has evolved with the ever changing and demanding needs of the consumers both commercial as well as personal users. Operating system software has experienced several major shifts in response to changes in the market for computer hardware. [1] In the olden times of computing, mainframes had their own operating system software.

Some Analysis
As mainframes gave way to the fame of microcomputers, Microsoft introduced BASIC in the Altair 8800 on the Intel 8080 chip, which gained a solid ground. [1] Along with Microsoft, other major industry players such as IBM and Apple came up with OS software to comply with the evolving hardware. The major breakthrough with the advent of better capacity chips (32-bit 386), Microsoft delivered the interactive interface OS called Windows 3.1. The varied changes and growth in the operating systems has come about with major ...

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This article describes how computer hardware evolution has impacted and influenced OS Software.

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