I was bored today, so I installed Windows 3.1 in a VM to see what it's used to be like.
A few years ago, back in around 2000, my primary school had a few donated Win 3.1 PCs they used for an old version of Mavis Beacon when they thought it might be a good idea to teach typing, so it's not exactly my first experience with them, but I barely knew anything about computers then anyway, so it doesn't really count.
The first thing that surprised me was how um... bare the system was. It reminds me of the feeling I got when programming in C++. (In both cases, they'res propably veteran users laughing at me thinking how great they looked when they were new). It had "Write" in it as a "word processor". On my modern ubuntu system, nano does more. And Notepad++ and vim both do several thousand times more today, and still are text editors.
The modern Windows Control Panel is a huge construction, yet in Windows 3.1 it was fairly small. I mean, it even has called System Settings, with 3 options on it.
And it had a tutorial on how to use a GUI and a mouse. Which. um... wow. That's like the computer basics.
Then things I'm used to, such as shift+arrows to select text which aren't there.
So did anyone on the forum use Windows 3.1 when it was new? My impressions on it looking back are definitely not going to be great, but I wonder what it was like at the time.