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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by rexstuff on Wed 5th Nov 2008 19:05 UTC
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They were still giving out licenses for Windows 3.X?

So you mean to tell me that they quit giving licenses for their most popular OS, XP, which is only 7 years old -before- they shelved their 18 year-old OS that no-one has used in a decade, 3.X. I might be missing some detail, or tripping over some technicality around 'giving out licenses', but that makes absolutely no sense.

3.X was available for 18 years, why was XP shelved so soon?

I am having an increasingly hard time believing that it wasn't to force users to upgrade to one of their least popular OSes, Vista.

But then what do I know?

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