Exactly 30 years ago, on April 6, 1992, Microsoft released Windows 3.1. Two years after the triple version, Redmond has managed to change several important components in the background of the system, although at first glance the news was not so visible.
Windows 3.1 dropped support for the oldest hardware and promised more stable course. They supported up to 256 MB of RAM and in the so-called extended mode 386 theoretically up to 4 GB, however unimaginable it was at the time. And for the first time ever, in addition to floppy disks, a version also appeared distributed on CD. After all, the system already had multimedia support with a video and music disc player.
Microsoft added font types to the system TrueTypewhich were based on vector curves so that they could be scaled indefinitely. Windows could also be respected by detachers who wanted to prepare printed media on a computer. Microsoft then deployed the “three ones” for the first time Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier Newwhich are often used today. (But they’re older themselves.)
The game debuted in Windows 3.1 Search minwhich replaced the earlier Reversi. It is also the first system to store settings in a database (registry), which Windows remains to this day. Even more valuable, however, was that Microsoft took over Eastern European languages for the first time, so Windows 3.1 finally supported diacritics as well as the entire system, including the installer. was in Czech.
A year and a half after the release, Windows 3.11 came as a free update that more or less just fixed bugs. There were also Windows 3.2, but it was a special version designed for the Chinese market. Windows for Workgroups 3.1 and 3.11 extensions were also released to improve support for computer networks. Besides them, however, Microsoft has been slowly debugging Windows NT 3.1, bringing a whole new kernel with a focus on high-performance workstations.
However, it was still a strange branch that had been evolving in a different direction for a long time. The successor to Windows 3.11 was the revolutionary Windows 95. The ones brought windows, the threes icon, and the ninety-five brought a full desktop with a taskbar, a notification area with a clock, a Start menu, and windows with a cross, a square, and a comma as we know it today.