Nothing lasts forever, the pass of time, wrinkles and stretch marks make everything less attractive than it used to be when young. Days are numbered for the most legendary version of the most international operating system, Windows 3.x. After 18 in this extremely competitive market, it says good-bye. From the 1st of November Microsoft does not permit the concession of any more licences to use the 3.x software.
Looking back, this was the first Windows which enjoyed true success among users and the one who made the PC win the race against Apple’s Mac. The famous window, logo of the operating system, owes its popularity to the 3.x, besides uncountable enhancements which made it easier to the final user, like colour in the icons, wide control systems settings, etc.
The history of this first operating system dates back to the early 90’s. Since then, the company began to make different versions of Windows 3.x, being aware of the enormous success that the graphic user interface of Microsoft was having throughout the world. It helped the company to settle and mark trend among all the operating systems to the present day.
Windows 3.x was Windows first operating system to take into account, in spite of two previous versions, 1.0 and 1.2. In addition, this software was responsible of an icon to became a synonym of Windows, the classic window that leaves behind a pixilated trail. The updated 3.x by Microsoft started to be a hard rival to Apple since Windows graphics improvements were obvious.
Windows had many good things. Its colour palette was better and it offered the possibility of using multimedia extras, such as sound cards or CD Rom. It also improved the classic start menus until the one we know today. It coloured the icons and it allowed calibrate the mouse and set up the screen. It incorporated VGA output and added applications as popular as “Paintbrush” or the “Solitaire” game.
Windows 3.x made the computer world kinder and easier to us, average users. Farewell Windows 3.x, farewell.