The photo on the cover appears to have been taken by the magazine editors, since the paint program is viewing the InfoWorld logo. Does this mean that this build was in fact handed to anybody outside Microsoft? There are also two more photos, one on page 33 and another on 36.
I really know where to find rare screenshots and stuff don't I?
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Microsoft gives a "smoke-and-mirrors" demonstration of Interface Manager (later called Windows), which consists entirely of overlapping windows, appearing to be running programs simultaneously. [477.160] [1299.220]
In the field of computer programming, it is used to describe a program or functionality that does not yet exist, but appears as though it does (cf. vaporware). This is often done to demonstrate what a resulting project will function/look like after the code is complete — at a trade show, for example.
So I guess we can now assume that Interface Manager was a simple GUI demo like the Longhorn prototypes. It may look like a working program, but you can't really "use" it for anything.
Microsoft ships software developer kits for Windows. [909.229]
I believe this is referring to DR1-DR5. If that is the case, then the COMDEX 1983 demo was not a DR.
Microsoft demonstrates Microsoft Windows at Spring COMDEX. Release date is set for June, at a price of US$95. [346.187]
We have a build from May 1985, and it includes various demo applications. I think that the May 1985 beta was the demo shown at COMDEX 1985.
EDIT: I found another screenshot of Interface Manager: