MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Tom Walle » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



I have noticed that Acorn users are being targetted on this Acorn
support newsgroup.

The so called "industry standard" PC user is so fed up with the flakey
bug ridden upgrades that MicroSoft put out every year that the vast
majority are remaining with obsolete 16 bit software and technology.

Most PC's run so slow they don't notice any difference with Windows95
anyway as it simply consumes more and more system resources including
vast amounts of hard disc space and RAM.

You may get a laugh Acorn users, reading this little Item I sourced from
the Internet.

------------------- Quote begin -----------------------------------

Cleaning Windows

Trouble is brewing over OEM deals

Microsoft wants to kill Windows 3.1. But the customers just wont let go.
The US trade rag Computer Reseller News claims the software Goliath is to
almost double licence fees for OEM versions of Windows 3.1. And it is to
s*dual install, which allows OEMs to offer both windows 3.1 and
Windows on the same machine. And it is to insert restrictive clauses in OEM
contracts in the Autumn, forbidding OEMs to use Windows 3.1 with
technologies such as Klamath. We have heard of prohibition for *, but
for an operating system?

Whatever will the customers think? Windows 3.1 is the leading desktop
operating system used in business, running on 74 per cent of corporate PCs,
compared 19 per cent which run Windows 96 or Windows NT. And many
businesses are in no hurry to upgrade.

Microsoft is legally obliged to continue selling 3.1, but it is doing all it can
to put the system out of its misery. But pricing 3.1 out of existence is a very
crude tactic indeed. The computer industrys most formidable marketing
machine can surely do better than this.

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MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Ian Lyn » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



>  But pricing 3.1 out of existence is a very crude tactic indeed.

Guess they are just keen to increase the piracy :-)

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MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Phill Roger » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00





> >  But pricing 3.1 out of existence is a very crude tactic indeed.

> Guess they are just keen to increase the piracy :-)

Compaq, perhaps encouraged by MS, dropped support (& shortly afterwards supply)
of Windows 3.1 in about November.

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MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Kevin Cowle » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



[snip]

Quote:> Microsoft wants to kill Windows 3.1.

They don't need to. It dies on its own quite regularly.

ps. I've just got NT at work. Can't understand why anyone would want to
continue using 3.1 or 95 for that matter. Not up to RiscOS but at least it
works.

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MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Rainer Duffn » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00






> > >  But pricing 3.1 out of existence is a very crude tactic indeed.

> > Guess they are just keen to increase the piracy :-)

> Compaq, perhaps encouraged by MS, dropped support (&shortly afterwards supply)
> of Windows 3.1 in about November.

Compaq.... They would do everything, just to get a smile from Bill ! Everything!

Whatever our friends in Redmont will do or not do in the future - Compaq will
be the first to eagerly follow them !

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MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Oliver D Jone » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



> ------------------- Quote begin -----------------------------------

> Microsoft is legally obliged to continue selling 3.1, but it is doing all it can
> to put the system out of its misery. But pricing 3.1 out of existence is a very
> crude tactic indeed. The computer industrys most formidable marketing
> machine can surely do better than this.

> ---------- End of quote -------------------------------------------

Really? Is Microsoft really obliged to carry on selling Windows 3.1? I
don't think so. That's a bit like saying to Rolls Royce that they have
to carry on selling all their older models..? Sorry, but I don't agree.

(Yes, Tom - I'm not having a go at you - I realised you are quoting
someone else!)

I can appreciate that Microsoft is not too keen to have people still
buying up old versions of Win3.1 or WinFWG3.11 when they're trying to
get WinNT and Win95 out to a 'captive' audience! ;-) I have even heard
rumours that Microsoft are buying back old stock of pre-Win95 versions
of Windows and even MS-DOS! Take that with a pinch of salt, though! :-)

Oliver.

 
 
 

MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Tony Houghto » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00




Quote:> ps. I've just got NT at work. Can't understand why anyone would want to
> continue using 3.1 or 95 for that matter. Not up to RiscOS but at least it
> works.

Depends what you're doing. A friend of mine finds Win 3.1 brilliant for
multitasking DOS consoles, which NT and 95 don't do properly. He needs
very low level access to the serial ports.

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MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Ian Lyn » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



> Depends what you're doing. A friend of mine finds Win 3.1 brilliant for
> multitasking DOS consoles, which NT and 95 don't do properly. He needs
> very low level access to the serial ports.

If you take millions of secretaries typing letters as a single task,
what is the benefit of upgrading? Costs money with no significant
increase in productivity. Windows 3.1 will be around for a while yet.
In fact I can't see why the *majority* of users need to upgrade.

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MicroSoft attempt to kill of Windows 3.1/3.11

Post by Tim Wise » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00




Quote:>Whatever our friends in Redmont will do or not do in the future - Compaq will
>be the first to eagerly follow them !

Redmond ;)

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