Brief History of Desktop Images

Brief History of Desktop Images

Wallpapers date back to the mid 1980’s, beginning with the X Window System. The term “Wallpaper” was used by Microsoft Windows to explain a digital desktop image that is a background for the Graphical User Interface (GUI).

In the early days, the backgrounds were a collection of colored dots to make a design or pattern. As technology evolved, so did wallpapers. Released in 1990, Windows 3.0 was the first version of Windows that allowed wallpaper customization.

Post Windows Vista, Microsoft changed the name to desktop background and has kept it that way since. Mac OS X calls it a “desktop picture”.

Many of the wallpapers that you find on the Internet have been copyrighted and are illegally being distributed. All wallpapers that we post are free images that are not copyrighted, giving us the ability to post them for your enjoyment.

Some wallpapers have become very recognizable and popular. The background images have become a way to support photography and art. The background image for Windows Xp was one of the most viewed photographs of the 2000’s.

Wallpapers have evolved into very complex images or even 3d animations. Most images need to be sized in one of the following formats: 1024 X 768; 800 X 600; 1600 X 1200; and 1280 X 1024.

In a nutshell, a wallpaper is a work of art, and you can’t go wrong. Choose whatever suits you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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