Win 3.1: A Tool That Works
by José Caldeira
Whether or not to upgrade to Windows 95 was not as easy to decide as it was when I changed from 3.0 to 3.1 as a common user. After weighing all the pros and cons and the uncertainties at the time of 95 release I chose the cautious way, which was to wait.
The computer magazines and people who had upgraded kept voicing a variety of warnings things like computer crashing during upgrade installation, etc. I wondered that in time there would be new releases to fix bugs, which apparently hasn't been necessary.
My loyal 386DX was obviously not built for plug-and-play accessories, the ideal companion for one of the raved-about features in Win95 at the time. Its fax transmission and other communications capabilities reportedly did not match up to stand-alone equivalents.
It wouldn't make sense to install a greedy OS to run my pre-95 applications that were suitable enough for word-processing; fax, file transfer and BBS connection (or even Internet connectivity if I so desired), database, personal organizer, invoicing, etc. My PC Tools made up for gaps in 3.1 file manager. Long file names? A program for that is sitting on my shelves to be installed. I could get virtually everything that I needed if I used well my 3.1 environment combined with MS-DOS 6.22.
Some new applications for Windows 95 on the market are also compatible with Windows 3.1, which is still being sold as well. In a nutshell, the added benefits that I knew of in Windows 95 did not justify the move but I am wide open to persuasion on a good reason except maybe in the case of a new PC. I often wonder what life would be like with Windows 95 instead?
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