Windows 3.0 Is 30 Years Old: Here’s What Made It Special BENJ EDWARDS @benjedwards MAY 23, 2020, 6:40AM EDT
WINDOWS – the most insidious, half-assed, broken-out-of-the-gate operating system that ever existed in the entire venue of High Tech!! Billy Gates designed the platform to be Insecure, vulnerable and open to exploitation from the ground up! It took over the world to Spy, Rob, provide back doors, leak internal secrets, expose all information both personal and corporate to anyone who understood what the architecture consisted of. Entire Governments ran on it, Corporations ran on it, Banks ran on it, thieves OWNED it and corrupt orgainzations controlled it!! It was the biggest SCAM ran on the WORLD that ever existed – BAR NONE! AND IT STILL IS!!!!!! LOLROTF!!! Here is the story of it’s beginnings.. PAY ATTENTION!!
Thirty years ago this month, Microsoft released Windows 3.0, a graphical environment that represented a dramatic leap over its predecessors in terms of capability and popularity. Here’s what made Windows 3.0 special.
The First Successful Version of Windows
In the early days on IBM PC compatible machines, most PCs ran Microsoft MS-DOS, a command-line based operating system that typically could only run one program at a time. As computers grew in power in the early 1980s, “multitasking” became a huge buzzword in the industry. Magazine editorials spoke of the productivity increases that would come from being able to run two applications at the same time.
Around that time, ideas about graphical and mouse-based computer interfaces that had been pioneered on the Xerox Alto had begun to filter down into the personal computer industry. After witnessing several early GUI-based operating system approaches, Microsoft released its own graphical mouse-based interface, Windows 1.0, in 1985. It ran on top of MS-DOS and provided a bitmapped display with non-overlapping application windows.
Neither Windows 1.0 nor Windows 2.0 proved successful in the market. Then came Windows 3.0 in 1990, another GUI shell that ran on top of MS-DOS. It allowed multitasking of both MS-DOS programs and specially written Windows applications. Unlike previous versions of Windows, it proved to be a hit, selling over 10 million copies. Third-party application support followed, and Microsoft cemented its PC market operating system dominance.
Here are some of the elements that came together to make both Windows 3.0 unique and successful.
In today’s Windows, the Start Menu provides a quick and easy way to organize and launch installed applications. In Windows 3.0 that job was held by Program Manager, which was also the main interface (shell) for Windows.
As a shell, Windows 2.0 had used MS-DOS Executive, which was basically a glorified list of files with no support for application icons. Compared to that, the “large” 16-color icons in Windows 3.0 felt like a revelation, bringing icon detail matching expensive color Macintosh computers to relatively inexpensive PCs.
Also, Program Manager was easy to use. Compared to MS-DOS by itself, or Windows 2.0’s MS-DOS Executive shell, Program Manager provided a very non-intimidating interface. Users could easily find and launch applications while being mostly shielded from accidentally messing up its file-based underpinnings.
If you did want to manage files in Windows 3.0, you needed to launch a separate application called File Manager. Today, File Explorer serves as both the main interface and the file manager of Windows 10…