Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Nov 2008 16:12 UTC, submitted by Michael
Windows I collect manuals. I have so many of them, that I'm starting to wonder where on earth I'm supposed to put them all. Somewhere in the back of a closet, I keep all my manuals in three huge boxes, with manuals dating from the early '80s to just a few days ago when I bought a new mouse. However, none of them are as dear to my as my extensive, fully illustrated Dutch manuals for Windows 3.0, which accompanied my parents' first PC in 1990. An enormously detailed manual covering every aspect of Windows 3.0 - with special sleeves for the various floppy disks that held the Windows 3.0 operating system. I still have those original floppies, and they're still fully functional. Last week, the era of Windows 3.x finally came to an end when Microsoft ceased to give out licenses for the operating system.
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End of an era...
by Fennec_Fox on Wed 5th Nov 2008 17:37 UTC
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Well, technically the era of Windows 3.x has ended when OEMs have stopped bundling it with their PCs... But it definitely was a step up from DOS. Like it or not, for all the shortcomings it had (MS practices aside), and being decidedly inferior to OS/2 at the time, it had a tremedous advantage in "user friendliness" over DOS, which earned it lots of brownie points with end users...

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