Windows 3.0

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Windows 3.0
Basic Information
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
Type(s)
Operating System
Predecessor
Windows 2.1
Successor
Windows 3.1
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Windows 3.0 is a graphical operating environment released by Microsoft Corporation in May 1990. It became the first successful version of Windows and a rival to the Apple Macintosh and the Commodore Amiga on the graphical user interface front. It was discontinued in December 2001, being succeeded by Windows 3.1.

Features[edit | edit source]

Windows 3.0 had a significantly revamped user interface and better memory management capabilities of Intel's 80286 and 80386 processors. It could run text mode programs written for MS-DOS within a window - making it a crude multitasking base for legacy programs.

The MS-DOS Executive file manager and program launcher was separated into the list-based File Manager and the icon-based Program Manager. Microsoft Solitaire was added to this release, as was the substantially improved Paintbrush paint program, Notepad text editor, and Write word processor.