Windows For Workgroup 3.11 to Finally Disappear

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News Posted: Fri, Jul 11 2008 8:54 AM

Talk about cannibalizing sales from Windows Vista. It's bad enough Microsoft has to worry about XP doing that, but ...

All right, all right, obviously we're just kidding. And yes, you read that right. Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.11 is still being sold. Microsoft is selling it in the Embedded Channel. However, in a blog post on Thursday, Microsoft announced that as of November 1st, that venerable old OS would go the way of the dodo.

As John Coyne announced in the blog post:
for those that were not aware, we recently announced that effective November 1st, 2008, OEM's will no longer be able to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel. Now we all know that it's been long gone in the standard (retail/OEM) channel, but one of the unique things in the embedded business is that we allow the classic OS products to be sold longer than the other channels. it's *finally the end of an era! smile_sad
WFW was Microsoft's final English language operating system prior to the release of Windows 95. Initially released in November 1993, it added features such as TrueType fonts and native TCP/IP access. It was also the first Windows OS to include Minesweeper, which is still around today.

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I thought by now that was a museam aftifact,havent even seen a copy of it in years!!





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peti1212 replied on Fri, Jul 11 2008 9:54 PM
Wow, this is very interesting. So then why do they want to stop the support for XP so early?
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This was in the embedded market. There are still several flavors of XP being sold and supported in the embedded market, and there will be for some time to come.

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Jul 16 2008 5:57 AM

interestingly enough when a friedn of mine was in Egypt he saw a crashed ATM machine that he said looked like it was running WFW, I guess it was..

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