Microsoft draws the line

That’s it: no more extensions, no more licenses, no more support, nothing. This version of Windows has rung down the curtain and joined the Choir Erasable. It is an ex-operating system.

I’m referring, of course, to Windows 3.x:

On 1 November Microsoft stopped issuing licences for the software that made its debut in May 1990 in the US.

Microsoft maintained support for Windows 3.x until the end of 2001, and it has lived on as an embedded operating system until 1 November 2008.

As an embedded system, it was used to power such things as cash tills in large stores and ticketing systems. One of its more glamorous uses as an embedded operating system is to power the in-flight entertainment systems on some Virgin and Qantas long-haul jets.

You might not want to throw away that copy of Windows 95 just yet.

(Via Fark.)


  1. Andrea Harris »

    5 November 2008 · 3:29 pm

    I had no idea it was still in use by anyone. I still have a set of diskettes and an ancient portable computer with it installed.

  2. Mark Alger »

    6 November 2008 · 7:55 am

    See!? I KNEW saving those DOS 5.5 disk sets would pay off!


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