16-bit application

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16-bit application

(operating system)
Software for MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows which originally ran on the 16-bit Intel 8088 and 80286 microprocessors. These used a segmented address space to extend the range of addresses from what is possible with just a 16-bit address. Programs with more than 64 kilobytes of code or data therefore had to waste time switching between segments. Furthermore, programming with segments is more involved than programming in a flat address space, giving rise to warts like memory models in C and C++.

Compare 32-bit application.
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0 automatically installs the software appropriate to the operating system - 32 bit applications for Windows 95 and NT, 16 bit applications and a TCI/IP stack and dialer for Windows 3.
Many on-line services only support 16 bit applications on Windows 95.