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Windows 3.1 featured many changes over its predecessor Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions 1.0, such as:
- Windows 3.1 no longer had real mode support, and now required a minimum of an Intel 80286 CPU and 1 MiB of RAM.
- Introduction of 386 Enhanced Mode, available to users who have an Intel 80386 CPU or better.
- Virtual Memory, a technique for swapping between RAM and disk space that increases the number of applications that can be run simultaneously.
- Data sharing by applications using Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) and Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
- TrueType Fonts, which are displayed in WYSIWYG fashion and can be scaled to any size. This made Windows 3.1 a viable platform for desktop publishing.
- Network-aware File Manager and Print Manager utilities, which enables access to shared network drives and printers. The File Manager itself was significantly improved over Windows 3.0.
- While could access a theoretical 4 GiB of RAM in 386 Enhanced Mode, the practical upper limit for system memory was 256 MiB.