Windows 3.11 (1993)

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Diana using Windows 3.11.

After Windows 1.0, Diana tried Windows 3.11.

OS Info[edit | edit source]

Microsoft Windows 3.11, not to confuse with Windows for Workgroups 3.11, was an update to the MS-DOS desktop environment Windows 3.1, released on November 8th 1993. There was another version, Windows 3.2, although this was lesser known as it just added support for Chinese languages.

The beta version of this build was codenamed Janus, where the TrueType font system (that Windows versions still use to this day) was included. The new font system made (TrueType-compatible) fonts scalable to any size without quality loss, compared to the generic font system in Windows 3.0 and earlier, which had only a set amount of available font sizes.

It also introduced a similar windowing system that can be seen in later versions, but users complained it was too difficult to navigate. Due to the difficulty, the project "Microsoft BOB" was finished two years later, attempting to make the use of Windows users' computers much easier. However, it failed miserably just after being released. In August 1995, Windows 95 was released, which got rid of unintuitive elements that were in Windows 3.x and earlier.

Tasks[edit | edit source]

  • What time is it?
  • Write and save a text document
  • What's 48*32?
  • Customize the way your computer looks
  • Turn off your computer

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

In the end, Diana concludes by saying Windows 3.11 looks better than Windows 1.0 in her opinion. Other than that, she didn't have a good experience using it, especially after she kept opening Microsoft QBasic accidentally. In both times she opened it, Diana (and Phil) didn't know how to quit the program and struggled to use the program in general, making her have a bad first impression of the desktop environment overall.