Windows 3.x

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Windows 3.xxx
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
Developer
Microsoft
Releases
Initial release 1989 as Windows 3.00.55 (Windows 89) [info]
Stable release Windows CE 3.00 (June 15, 2000) [info]
Source model Closed source
License Microsoft EULA
Kernel type Other
Support status
Supported in 2001.

Windows 3.xxx (codenamed 3.00.55 (Windows 89)) was a family of Microsoft Windows operating systems released from 1989 to 1996 and 2000. This Windows could run in either Standard or 386 Enhanced memory modes. Both of the modes used a Graphical User Interface (or picture-based), and supported a mouse, but 386 Enhanced Mode was faster and was better at multitasking (or doing many things at once). Windows NT 3.x (Windows NT 3.xx/Windows NT 3.xxx) is released in 1993 to 1996. Windows 3.0 (made in 1988 and released in 1990-1992) is codenamed 3.00.55 (Windows 89) (made in 1988 and released in 1989).

Windows 3.xxx also had many features from versions of Windows before it. These included a calculator, a notepad, and more. It also brought in many new features, like the Program Manager (which is still in Windows XP today - Start>Run>progman.exe), and the icons and programs looked better.

Windows 3.xxx was made better in 1992, with Windows for Workgroups Version 3 (Windows for Workgroups 3.1x) (1992 to 1994), that added networking support.


Preceded by
Windows 2.x
Windows Versions
2001-2007
Succeeded by
Windows 4.0