Related People: Bill Gates
Release Date: 1992
Previous Version: 3.0
Next Version: 3.xx
All OS Page, Windows Family Page
New Key Features:
- True Type font support
- There were plenty of fonts available for Windows 3.x.
- Drop "real-mode"
- Windows 3.0 no longer supports 8086 PCs.
- Build-in audio devices drivers.
- Make Windows support audio devices that can play music in Windows system.
- Color screen savers
- Another multimedia feature, color screen saver, made Windows 3.x look fancier.
Windows 3.1 was release in 1992. Later, Microsoft released Windows 3.11, which is a free upgrade version to fix bugs in Windows 3.0. The variety of true type fonts supported by Windows 3.1x made it ready for more complex word processing tasks. Multimedia features in this version of Windows, such as build-in audio device support, video file playback support and even the color screen savers made it a big success. Thousands of third-party Windows Compatible software made Microsoft Windows 3.x a very successful platform and helped Microsoft to increase the number of sell copies of Windows 3.x reached 10 million in the world.
Windows 3.1 lacks of build-in network support. The MS-DOS based network eats up more basic 640K of memory. So Microsoft released Windows for Workgroups 3.xx with building-in network support soon.