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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Win3 fun but not the best...
by beosguy@gmail.com on Thu 6th Nov 2008 22:59 UTC
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2008-07-17

but from what I can tell, it lost to Win3x because the latter was much cheaper.

What actually happened is Quarterdeck was aquited by Symantec... instead of sending the code to Symantec the QD Engineers deleted it. Lost forever!
Therefore the product was never released. QD was cheap! and actually did perform multi-tasking which I havent seen for a very long time since. Back in the day QD ran several of Dos boxes (lotus PFSwrite and mainframe programs in the background) real multi-tasking while W311 couldnt. It also ran more than one instance of an application.

Win3 was the first platform where Microsoft started to kill off their competition in spreadsheets, wordprocessing, Data Base and later in Browers.
I had limited success multitasking with W31

Detailed veiw of Desqview...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DESQview

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Back in the day QD ran several of Dos boxes (lotus PFSwrite and mainframe programs in the background) real multi-tasking while W311 couldnt. It also ran more than one instance of an application.


The WP article you pointed to mentioned that DESCview/X had an X server. An X server in a DOS environment! I remember having toyed around with a DOS box, DV/X and a Slackware Linux over an RG-58 cable network. This was quite interesting, allthough we consider it "usual stuff" today.

Of course, MICROS~1 products are not compatible to X, even today you can't run standard X applications in a "Windows" environment out of the box, you're forced to install third party software. So much for interoperability. :-)

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