Companies using DOS or Windows 3.1

Subject: Companies using DOS or Windows 3.1
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 19:01:47 -0800

Recently, I started working with a new client. I won't name names, but the company is fairly large in its field, and operates internationally. To my surprise, the software that it distributes to customers is a text-based DOS program of a sort I haven't seen since about 1988. Getting the software to work the way everybody would like requires some elaborate work arounds, yet the company has no immediate plans to upgrade.

Possibly, of course, there's no market need to upgrade. Still, over the last few days, I've been wondering how many large operations are running on legacy operating systems like DOS or Windows 3.1, or on pre-Pentium machines. For example, I remember hearing a few years ago of one of the world's largest hotel chains running on 286s, and I know for a fact that Elections Canada used old 286s in the last election but one, carefully saved to keep costs down.

Anyone else have any examples?

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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