Windows 3.11 Retired and My Belated Suggestion for ClippyPosted: July 15, 2008
Paul Thurrott (“Forget About XP- Let’s Save Windows for Workgroups 3.11!”) and numerous others have written about Microsoft’s retirement of Windows For Workgroups, which has had quite an afterlife in embedded systems.
(This is not new: The 1800-series Red Line trains on Boston’s MBTA are reported to have an “A>” prompt on a console in the driver’s cabin; DOS 6.22 has been seen in embedded systems, and probably in those trains.)
Paul made a nice banner:
Windows 3.11 is special for me; it was the first Windows version I ever used.
It made me think of another “special” persona at Microsoft, Clippy! He had a retirement party a few years back. He made the rounds to various Microsoft events around the country. He happened to ask me for career directions and I obliged:
I hope he’s having a good life.