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Originally introduced in 1993, Windows NT is a family of Microsoft operating systems initially borne from Microsoft's collaboration with IBM on its OS/2 operating system project. With the success of Windows 3.0, Microsoft decided to change the API of the unreleased NT OS/2 to match that of Windows, causing a rift between Microsoft and IBM that resulted in the dissolution of their collaboration. Renaming the operating system Windows NT, Microsoft contracted with DEC developers to build the OS, and equip it with several important features, such as a modified microkernel, inspired by the Mach microkernel, and the ability to run on multiple instruction set architectures.(1)(2) The first fully 32-bit version of Windows, NT formed the basis of a new line of Windows operating systems, those that did run on top of MS-DOS, including Windows 2000 and XP. Windows NT utilized its own driver model, incompatible with earlier Windows driver models. The NTFS file system was originally written for Windows NT, offering a secure file system, journaling, and support for file sizes greater than 4 GB, unlike FAT32. The Windows NT family continues with the consumer, enterprise, and server lines of Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server, and Windows RT, an ARM-processor compatible variant.(3)(4)(5)


1 : G. Pascal Zachary, SHOWSTOPPER!, New York (The Free Press, 1994), 90.

2 : Helen Custer, Inside Windows NT, Redmond (Microsoft Press, 1993), 43-44, 98-99.

3 : lock David A. Solomon, "The Windows NT Kernel Architecture," Computer 31, no. 10 (October 1998), 40-42. (Login required)

4 : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc778410(v=ws.10).aspx

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