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Posted by creamhackered on 13 March 2003 (247171 views) Rating: 3

Windows 3.0

Windows 3.0, released May 22nd 1990.

Windows 3.0 came with a lot of improvements, but also with a lack of multimedia and network features, which led to Windows 3.0 being replaced quickly by Windows 3.1. However, the improvements that Microsoft achieved with 3.0 were impressive. The platform offered 32-bit performance, advanced graphics, and full support of the more powerful Intel 386 processor.

    New features included:

  • Program, File, and Print Managers
  • A completely rewritten application development environment with modular virtual device drivers (VxDs), native support for applications running in extended memory and fully pre-emptive MS-DOS multitasking
  • An improved set of Windows icons

The program manager and file manager gave users Macintosh-like big icons to click and drag-and-drop. Although it was replaced quickly, Windows 3.0 was widely accepted and respected among third-party hardware and software developers because Microsoft released a new Windows software development kit (SDK) which enabled the developers to focus on writing applications instead of device drivers.

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