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Old software never dies

Microsoft stopped selling licenses for Windows 3.1 on November 1. It was originally released in March, 1992. Consider this a reminder to developers that the crappy code you’re writing today may go on to live for decades.

As an interesting side note, Windows 3.1 has been around longer than Raymond Chen has been at Microsoft.


  1. OS/2, on the other hand: still shipping. IBM, late to the party since 1987.

  2. Windows 3.1 wasn’t bad at all. It is pretty amazing that it took until 1992 for the primary computing platform to get a decent multitasking OS with a GUI though. I mean, it was only a couple of years after that that Netscape rolled along ready to crush Windows like a bug. (How’d that work out again? Hmm.)

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