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[Ars]OEM licensing for Windows 3.11 finally to end in 4 months

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Believe it or not, that headline is not a typo. John Coyne, Systems Engineer in the OEM Embedded Devices group at Microsoft, has posted a quick blog entry that broke the bad news: as of November 1, 2008, Microsoft will no longer allow OEMs to license Windows for Workgroups 3.11 in the embedded channel. That's exactly 15 years after it shipped in November 1993! Poor OEMs have so much to put up with these days; first Windows XP, and now this!
http://arstechnica.com/journals/micr...n-4-months?bub

This one caught me by surprise, just a tad. I did a search and couldn't find it, so thought that I'd share the laugh.
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Uh... you only need licenses for new installs right? I'd seriously like to see records on how many organizations have licensed new copies of 3.11 in the last 10 years.
    
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Maybe some retail stores use computers with a basic interface, like Win 3.11...?
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"Embedded channel" apparently means cash registers and devices like that.
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never heard of windows 3.11?
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I still have 4 copies of Windows 3.11. Hell, a buddy of mine still uses his on a daily basis but that's because he loves his 486.
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that's so so sad
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wow this makes me think of my first computer 25mhz 4mb ram no cd rom or soundcard, got a huge upgrade to 33mhz few months later so i could play doom!

i wonder how much is costs for 3.11 lol
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No don't take my 3.11 from me! Haha, my first computer had a turbo button that took it from 8Mhz to 16Mhz! It was intense.
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My first computer was a P166 NON-MMX. However the first one I messed around with was 48633mhz with 4mb of ram and a turbo button with SVGA graphics. I can't remember how small the hard drive was, but it had one. Dad later added a math coprocessor , 4 more mb of ram, and then swapped out the cpu for a 66mhz. I was kinda mad when he did that because Wing Commander ran so fast that it was almost completely unplayable. By almost, I mean I actually did play it for about a half an hour, and then spent two hours pacing because I couldn't slow down my thinking.

Okay, that's if you don't count the Commodore 64 I had as a kid, but that was really just a game system to me.
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