History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 was released April the 6th 1992. Windows 3.1 is a 16-bits operating system, produced of course by Microsoft for use on Personal Computers.

Did you Know?
Over 4 million copies of Windows 3.0 were sold and over 3 million copies of Windows 3.1 were sold. Windows 3.1 costed 149 dollars at the time of the release. Knowing that you can calculate that Windows 3.1 was good for 447000000 USD on sales!

Windows 3.1 was also the last in the DOS Series. Windows 95-98 and 2000 used the the Windows 95 kernel (it’s underlying foundation is MS-Dos)

Windows 3.1 download and Windows 3.11 download

Windows 3.1 is not officialy distrubted anymore, however if you have a Microsoft MSDN account you can download Windows 3.11

However if you know how to use Google, it won’t be hard to find a download 🙂

Taking a Look at Windows 3.1

 

What was so special in this release?

Windows 3.1 brought some great things to the Microsoft Windows Platform, but what precisely did it bring? We summed up feature that were introduced that on this day and in the upcoming Windows 10 release are still beign used!

  • Support for more sorts of Multimedia like MIDI and CDs
  • TrueType fonts
  • Workgroup networking
  • Windows for Pen Computering (Yes… Sort of touchscreens)
  • Program Manager (Deprecated after Windows XP’
  • Super-VGA (800*600)
  • Introduction of CTRL+ALT+DELETE

 

Highlighted Software

I took some programs that were used a lot in the time that Windows 3.1 was popular and will show them below.

Write

You had two options in Windows 3.1 to write documents (actually 3 but let’s leave notepad out of this) that was MS-Dos editor and Write. Write was a sort of early Microsoft Office Word and offered all the features you need while writing a basic document

  • Fonts
  • Superscript
  • Subscript
  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Underline
  • Align Center
  • Align Left
  • Align Right
  • Print
  • Save and Open
Windows 3.1 Write History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1 History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 Write

MS-Dos Editor

Typing a letter in the age of Windows 3.1 wasn´t as easy as it is today, it required a lot more work and after you finished your document or book, it didn´t even look very nice. Here is how it looked to make a document in Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 MS-Dos Editor History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1 History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 MS-Dos Editor

However, the main features someone needs when writing a letter, book or something is the option to save and print the document, Windows 3.1 of course supported this feature.

Calculator

The calculator that was installed by default in Wind0ws 3.1 is almost the same as we still use today, however it only supported two modes; Standard and Scientific. Can you see the differences? Yes there are quite many but the features are almost the same!

Windows 3.1 Calculator vs Windows 10 History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1 History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 Calculator vs Windows 10

 

Microsoft Anti-Virus

Virussed is not something new and Windows 3.1 had it own Virus Scanner, Yes a virus scanner. It had two buttons: Detect and Decect and Clean. The first button allowed you to view which files it found to make sure nothing important got deleted. The second one just finds and kill them without asking.

Windows 3.1 Anti-Virus History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1 History of Windows Versions: Windows 3.1

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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