Related People: Bill Gates
Release Date: 1990
Previous Version: 2.x
Next Version: 3.1
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New Key Features:
- Fancy 3-D appearance
- Microsoft made their interface much fancier. Windows 3.0 has improved windows frame, command button and more. The true color display ability makes it ready for photo editing work.
- Ability to address memory beyond 640k
- Windows 3.0 can run under "real-mode" which is for 8086 CPU, "standard mode" which is for 80286 CPU and "enhanced mode" for 80386 CPU. The enhanced mode can also allow page swapping.
- Program manager shell
- Not like Windows 1.0 and Windows 2.0 that starts with a MS-DOS executive, Windows 3.0 has a program manager shell can manage windows compatible programs and of course MS-DOS programs.
- Drag-and-drop icons
In 1990, Microsoft released this short-life version of Windows, Windows 3.0. It came with a lot of improvement, but also with lack of multimedia and network features, which made Windows 3.0 be replaced quickly by Windows 3.1. The improvement of the appearance of the interface in Windows 3.1 was big. True color display ability makes it much fancier than its early versions and also makes it ready for photo editing. The three mode of Windows 3.0, real mode for 8086 CPU, standard mode for 80286 CPU and enhanced mode for 80386 CPU fits different levels of computers. The new designed program manager shell that can manage both Windows compatible and MS-DOS programs replaced the old MS-DOS executive. The program manager and file manager gave user Macintosh-like big icons to click and drag-and-drop.