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 Win 3.1: Microsoft's milestone, 25 years ago

Computing History...Twenty-five years ago, Microsoft launched Windows 3.1. This first attempt to move beyond the operating system's DOS roots introduced many features we recognize in Windows today.

Microsoft Windows 3.1

Happy birthday, Windows 3.1
Imagine a world without the Start button. No, I'm not talking about Windows 8. Dig deep into your memory and you may recall a time when Windows 3.1 ruled the earth.Twenty-five years ago this month, Microsoft released Version 3.1 of its MS-DOS graphical-shell-turned-operating-system. Windows 3.1 became the first version of Windows to be widely distributed with new PCs, cementing the dominance of Microsoft's OS on the IBM PC platform and signaling the dawn of the Golden Age of Windows.In honor of this anniversary, let's take a visual tour through Windows 3.1. In the following slides, I'll highlight many of the innovations this colorful GUI brought to Windows for the first time.

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Program Manager
Before Windows Explorer, there was Program Manager, where you could group application icons together any way you wanted and therefore allowing for primitive program organization. (For viewing files on your computer, you ran File Manager.) It worked well enough, but juggling the many windows could prove tricky—and you could end up with 50-plus program groups filling your screen.features we recognize in Windows today




 
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