Development and HistoryEdit
Windows NT 3.1 originally began development as OS/2 3.0. However, that changed when Microsoft began selling Windows 3.0. This was the very first Windows version designed for the consumer, and it was so successful, that Microsoft changed the core API of the then still-unreleased OS/2 3.0 from an Extended OS/2 API, to an Extended Windows API.
IBM did not like this, as the relationship between the two companies became strained, and eventually broke apart, leaving IBM to continue OS/2 development along, with Microsoft taking up development of Windows NT.
Windows NT 3.1 was ultimately designed as a replacement for OS/2. Unlike Windows 3.1, Windows NT 3.1 was written from the ground up as a Pure 32-Bit System, although still retaining 16-Bit support for Win16 MS-DOS and Windows Executables.
- NT's first public show off at Comdex Oct '91
- Windows NT 3.1 Pre-Beta testing begins December 1991
- NT's another show off at WinPDC in July 1992
- First Beta Testing of Windows NT 3.1 Beta 1, begins October 12 1992
- Windows NT 3.1 Beta 2 begins March 8 1993.
- Windows NT 3.1 Beta 3 begins June 9 1993.
- Windows NT 3.1 was Released to Manufacturing (RTM) July 26 1993.
- Windows NT 3.1 was Released on 3.5" disks August 1993.
- Windows NT 3.1 Service Pack 1 released October 1993.
- Last known for Service Pack for Windows NT 3.1 was Sp3, released October 1994.
- CPU: 386 or 486/25MHz
- RAM: Workstation 12MB, Server 16MB
- CD-ROM, 1.44MB or 1.2MB Floppy Drive or active Network Connection
- Graphics System: VGA-Level Video Support
- IDE, EIDE, SCSI or ESDI hard drive
- Free Hard Drive Space: 90MB
Windows NT 3.1, to appeal to areas of the Business Community, ran on a variety of system architectures. Intel's IA-32 Processors, the DEC Alpha, the MIPS R4000, and Motorola's PowerPC processors, were all supported by Windows NT 3.1.
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The Number 3.1Edit
The Number 3.1 was used for three reasons. First off, the UI was a clone of Windows 3.1. Secondly, Windows NT 3.1 conveniently one-upped OS/2 2.1 that shipped earlier, and lastly, Windows NT 3.1 gave a more 'Stable' appearence than Windows NT 3.0.
The NT DesignationEdit
Windows 2000 was orignally known as Windows NT 5.0, but Microsoft dropped NT from its name. In Hindsight, with Windows XP on the scene, the removal of NT could be seen as an early hint that the Windows NT and 9x product lines were to Merge. But, it was also believed that Microsoft and Nortel were involved in a Trademark dispute over NT, so Microsoft could have removed NT to avoid further hassle.
Differences compared to Windows 3.1Edit
Most of the accessories and applications in Windows NT 3.1 are 32-bit ports of the Windows 3.1 versions, although some stayed 16-bit, and ran using the Windows 3.1 Emulation subsystem. Perhaps one of the biggest improvements to Windows NT, compared to other versions, was it's internal use of Unicode, as opposed to most others using ANSI.
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