Items tagged with windows 3.0

There are no two ways about it, I'm heading into the weekend feeling old. Earlier today, I wrote about NVIDIA using AI to recreate Pac-Man without using a game engine, partly in celebration of the game landing in arcades (remember those?) 40 years ago. Today also happens to be the day that Windows 3.0 and Solitaire came out on PCs...30 years ago. I was around for all of it. Windows 3.0 emerged on the scene with a graphical user interface sitting on top of MS-DOS. In that respect, it was sort of a skin, though that is oversimplifying things. Regardless, it enjoyed a mostly positive reception, having sold 10 million copies by the time Windows 3.1 came out a couple of years later. In a sense, JWindows... Read more...
It seems hard to fathom, but it's been two and a half decades since Microsoft released its first true mainstream operating system, Windows 3.0. Yes, there were two major releases that preceded it, but Windows 3.0 was the first to version to strike a cord and see widespread use. Together with Windows 3.1, Microsoft sold 10 million copies in the first two years.By the time Windows 3.0 debuted on this day in 1990, computers had already become a part of daily life. PCs were getting faster, and Windows offered a friendly user interface that was far more welcoming to new users than having to type commands in MS-DOS. It also spurred the interest of developers, especially once Microsoft released its... Read more...