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  • Toray Introduces 3,500 Copies of Windows 98
  • September 16, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Toray Industries Inc., one of the largest synthetic fiber manufacturers in Japan, said it will change the operating system of about 3,500 client personal computers from Windows 3.1 to Windows 98 starting in November.
    It made the disclosure to Nikkei Computer. The company has uniformly used Windows 3.1 for business applications software it developed itself.

    Toray decided to change the operating system because it thought the release of Windows 98 made it hard for the company to get enough support for Windows 3.1, the operating system of two generations earlier.

    Microsoft Co., Ltd. reportedly has discontinued support of debugging software for Windows 3.1 unless a special contract is concluded between Microsoft and a user.

    Toray said it has been using Windows 3.1 because of its stable operation, in addition to the time and cost associated with changing the application code from 16 bits to 32 bits.

    (Nikkei Computer)

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    Updated: Tue Sep 15 18:15:48 1998 PDT