Remember Windows 3? The Operating System that in many ways helped Microsoft become the behemoth that it is today. Windows v1 and v2.x didn’t exactly set the world on fire. The Windows juggernaut really got rolling with the release of Windows v3.
Why am I blogging about Windows 3x while the rest of the world is going gaga over Windows 7? Because Microsoft killed off Win 3x at the end of last month. Yes, you read it right. Although Win 3x is a long forgotten thing of the past for most of us, Microsoft was actually issuing licenses for Windows 3x till October 2008. So who was buying it?
Desktop sales of Windows 3x ceased to exist long back. But it managed to live on as an embedded system. Most notably it found a place in Qantas and Virgin Atlantic’s onboard entertainment systems. Other uses included powering ticketing systems and retail cash tills.
Adios Windows 3x.
Notable Facts about Windows 3x
The now legendary Minesweeper made its debut in Windows 3.1.
Was 100% compatible with older MS-DOS applications.
Windows 3x included updated program, file, and print managers that closed the gap between Windows and Mac. For the first time drag and drop was supported.
Windows 3.1 improved on the protected mode feature introduced by its predecessors Windows/286 and Windows/386. It included two protected modes called standard mode and 386-enhanced mode (that worked with the more powerful 386 processor). The protected modes enabled Windows to support memory larger than 640KB.
Windows 3.1 introduced TrueType scalable fonts.