Operating Systems

In 1990, there was much uncertainty in the operating system arena. Many people were then currently investigating Microsoft Windows 3.0 and Microsoft was planning on dropping Windows in favour of working with IBM to develop OS/2, the successor to Windows. Then in April of 1992, Microsoft released Windows 3.1, which included many advanced features that made it very popular. From that point, there was no turning back. In June 1993, Tracker was released as the first Dental Practice Management System in Canada to be written exclusively for Windows and received the right to use the "Windows Compatible" logo shortly after. Today, Windows is the de facto standard operating system on personal computers with all major system developers producing Windows products.

In July of 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95, the first 32-bit version of Windows. This version of Windows introduced many new advancements and was the stepping stone for other 32-bit Windows operating systems, including Windows 95 OSR2, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, and Windows ME. These versions of Windows were intended for home or small office use and included a basis for all the Windows software that was released.

Simultaneously, Microsoft released versions of Windows intended for heavy-duty use in larger offices or networks. This family of operating systems were based on “New Technology” and included Windows NT 3.1, Windows NT 3.5, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. Each of these was available in both a Workstation or Server edition, based on the requirements of the office.

Most recently, Microsoft has combined these two families into one and named the newest version Windows XP. Microsoft has replaced Windows 95/98/ME with Windows XP Home, Windows 2000 Professional with Windows XP Professional, and Windows 2000 Server with Windows Server 2003. Microsoft has also just released Windows Vista, 7 and 2008 Server, the newest members of the Windows family.

At this time, all previous operating systems are obsolete, and we recommend installing Windows XP Home/Professional, Vista or 7 on your Workstations and Windows Server 2003 or 2008 on your file servers for medium to large networks. Please visit our System Requirements page for a full list of recommended hardware and software. If you or your hardware vendor have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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