Windows 3.0Windows 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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