Internet Web browser, Microsoft Windows, Windows 3.1x, Internet Archive
#Cosmoread:- Internet Archive is a digital library based in San Fransico with its mission to give universal access to knowledge free of cost. Yes, you heard it right!! It provides free public access to all digitized materials including software application, games, music, videos, etc. As of May 2014, its collection storage was of 15 Peta Bytes. Apart from its primary mission of providing free knowledge, it also emphasizes on the free and open internet.
History of Web browsing and Open Internet
It was founded in 1996 by Brewster Kahle. The Archive is a member of the “International Internet Preservation Consortium” and was officially declared as a library by the State of California in 2007.
Microsoft Windows started its journey way back in 1985 when it released its first version of Version 1.0. It was then regarded as too little, and a bit late as the graphics revolution had already started elsewhere, but Microsoft was determined no matter what. It might be the step towards the right direction but didn’t get many marks from the public. Later versions allowed Microsoft to be one of the dominant players in graphical interfaces. It also got them a lawsuit from Apple, which ultimately resulted in a many-years court case and settlement in 1997 that possibly saved Apple.
Meanwhile, the Windows shell started to become more like an operating system, and the later releases of Windows brought stability, flexibility, and ease-of-programming to a very broad audience.
Windows 3.1x code named as Janus is a series of 16-bit OS developed for use on PCs by Microsoft. The series began with Windows 3.1, released in April 1992 as a successor to Windows 3.0. During its lifespan, it brought several enhancements to MS-DOS-based platform, including expanded support for multimedia, improved system stability, TrueType fonts, and workgroup networking.
It’s official support ended in 2001, and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) licensing for Windows for Work groups 3.11 on embedded systems continued to be available till 2008.
In 2015, the Internet Archive, archived the DOS Collection, where thousands of games, applications and utilities for DOS became playable in the web browser.
Indeed, the colorful and unique look of Windows 3.1 which is a 16-bit Windows operating System. The programs used to be like, and depending on the graphical whims of the programmers, could look futuristic or incredibly necessary. The view of the screenshots of some of the hosted programs will bring back long-forgotten memories for those who have worked on it. And clicking on these screenshots will make them come alive in your browser.
It was a plaything for a developer as he could produce something truly unique and beautiful within the Windows 3.1 environment.
Windows 3.1 is not completely forgotten and continues to be in use in a few corners of the world. They drive companies, restaurants, and individual businesses due to easily-written buttons-and-boxes programs and extremely low hardware requirements.
In spite of people moving on to Microsoft’s latest operating systems, like Windows XP, 7, and so on, Windows 3.1 still holds a special place in computer history, and we appreciate the Internet Archive for giving us a bridge back to this lost trove of software.