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Windows 3.x
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
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Windows 3.1
Initial releaseMay 20, 1990; 30 years ago (1990-05-20) [info]
Stable releaseWindows for Workgroups 3.11 (November 8, 1993; 27 years ago (1993-11-08)) [info]
Source modelClosed source
Kernel typeOther
Support status
Unsupported as of December 31, 2001

Windows 3.x was a family of Microsoft Windows operating system, released in 1990-1994. Notable operating systems in this family include Windows 3.0 and Windows 3.1. This Windows could run in either Standard or 386 Enhanced memory modes. Both of the modes used a Graphical User Interface (or picture-based), and supported a mouse, but 386 Enhanced Mode was faster and was better at multitasking (or doing many things at once). Windows NT 3.x was released in 1993-1996.

It also had many features from versions of Windows before it. These included a calculator, a notepad, and more. It also brought in many new features, like the Program Manager (which is still in Windows XP today - Start>Run>progman.exe), and the icons and programs looked better.

Windows 3.x was made better in 1992, with Windows for Workgroups 3.1x (1992-1993), that added networking support.

Preceded by
Windows 2.x
Windows Versions
Succeeded by
Windows 9x