Windows 3.1


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Windows 3.1

(operating system)
A version of Microsoft Windows with many improvements over Windows 3.0, including True Type Fonts, Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) and Mouse Trails for use with LCD Devices. It also saw the loss of Real Mode, which meant it would no longer run on Intel 8086 processors (did anyone ever do this anyway?).

Sometimes described as "stand-alone Windows", in contrast to Windows for Workgroups 3.1. Windows 3.11 is a free bug-fix update. 3.1's successors are Windows 95 and Windows NT.

Windows 3.1

A major upgrade to Windows 3.0, introduced in 1992. It added more stability and support for multimedia, TrueType fonts, compound documents (OLE) and drag & drop. Windows 3.1 ran 16-bit Windows and DOS applications but was unable to run subsequent 32-bit Windows programs written for Windows 95 and beyond. Windows 3.11 added peer-to-peer networking and was the last 16-bit 3.x version of Windows.

After 32-bit Windows 95 was released, many 16-bit Windows 3.1 applications ran smoothly under Windows 95 and subsequent versions. However, the newer 32-bit versions of Windows supported long file names, and Windows 3.1 applications could not resolve them (see Win Short file names). See Windows 3.0 and Windows 3.x modes.
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