April 6 Gone GUI
On this day in history in 1992, DOS was no longer the name of the game. We do remember the days of needing the disk to boot our PC.
But we would agree having the operating system preloaded is easier (that is if it doesn’t get hacked).
Microsoft Releases Windows 3.1 on April 5, 1992
Those of us who use the Windows operating system, can be glad for this version because the command line prompt interface became secondary. I always needed a cheat sheet for the commands so the new viesion was a delight for me! The new release was a graphical (visual) user interface which made things so much easier. The retail price was $149.00.
Was The Price Worth It?
Users would say “yes” because Windows 3.1 added multimedia extensions allowing support for sound cards, MIDI, and CD Audio, Super VGA (800 x 600) monitors, and increased the modem speed it could support to 9600 bps. It also provided scalable fonts, trapped the "three finger salute" (CTRL-ALT-DEL), to avoid inadvertent user re-boots and refined its OLE (Object Linking and embedding) concept, allowing users to cut and paste between applications.
For me the additional features were worth the cost. What did you think?
Even Though Users Were Happy, Microsoft Ended Up Being Sued
Apple sued Microsoft for copyright infringement. Apple was sure that Microsoft’s Windows operating system was too similar to the Macintosh operating system.
So Was This A Copyright Infringement?
Long story short, the Microsoft systems people argued there aren’t a lot of options for doing an operating system. The law suit was eventually dropped.
Who Else Has Gone GUI?
If you have been using WordPress for a long time you will certainly notice how GUI it has become. Page Builder plugins are all about drag and drop. The WP Gutenberg editor is not a powerful page builder like Divi, Elementor or Themify Builder but who knows how much more GUI it will become. After all GUI is the future.