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Windows "Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing the first week of August. For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August. Additionally, she noted that RTM is when we’ll be turning on the commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps. [...] Tami went on to say that Windows 8 will reach general availability by the end of October! This means that new Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs will be available to buy and upgrades will be available starting in October. She also mentioned that that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide."
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RE[2]: Imagine
by MOS6510 on Tue 10th Jul 2012 05:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Imagine"
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2011-05-12

Windows 3.0 was just like Windows 3.1 only with features missing and a lot more bugs.

The good thing was that it did run on a 286 with 1 MB of RAM, IIIRC 3.1 needed a 386 and 2 MB.

The big problem I had with 3.0 and 3.1 that when one application crashed the rest was bound to also blow up.

People may not like 9x, ME and Vista (pre SP1), but they were much better than 3.0 and 3.1 (leaving 3.11 out on purpose).

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RE[3]: Imagine
by Yeti on Tue 10th Jul 2012 06:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Imagine"
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2005-07-11

Nope. I have a laptop with a 286 & 1 MB of RAM and Win 3.1 runs on that beast just fine.

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RE[4]: Imagine
by MOS6510 on Tue 10th Jul 2012 12:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Imagine"
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2011-05-12

Well, that's a pleasant supprise!

I'll see if I can get 3.1 running on a 286.

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RE[3]: Imagine
by malxau on Tue 10th Jul 2012 07:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Imagine"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

Windows 3.0 was just like Windows 3.1 only with features missing and a lot more bugs.


True, for the most part.

The good thing was that it did run on a 286 with 1 MB of RAM, IIIRC 3.1 needed a 386 and 2 MB.


3.0 was the only version to support all three operating modes: real, standard, and 386 enhanced. Real could run on an 8088 with 640Kb of memory. It also provided great compatibility with real mode Windows 2.x applications, which was effectively removed from 3.1.

I know it's impossible to really go back, but I have a soft spot for 3.0 - it's the first one I developed for, and I still have the SDK manuals on my shelf.

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RE[4]: Imagine
by MOS6510 on Tue 10th Jul 2012 12:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Imagine"
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2011-05-12

I have an IBM PS/2 286 with Windows 3.0.

It's a nice machine, but sadly the "paint" on the metal case starts to fall off.

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RE[3]: Imagine
by zima on Thu 12th Jul 2012 06:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Imagine"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

features missing and a lot more bugs [...] when one application crashed the rest was bound to also blow up.

Pretty much all families of consumer OS shared those issues back then. Win 3.x was decent for the times.

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RE[4]: Imagine
by MOS6510 on Thu 12th Jul 2012 06:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Imagine"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Despite all its limitations MS-DOS was pretty stable. It's got a place in my favorite OS list.

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