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Language: 95/98
Expertise: Beginner
Apr 22, 1997

Why Do I Need OS/2?

Question:
I have just started working with an application developed in VB that my co-workers say can only be run in the Windows environment through OS/2. Supposedly the program uses too much conventional memory to run in Windows alone. What can be done to make this application run under Windows alone (95 or 3.11)?

Answer:
I'm not sure why they told you that, but Visual Basic is designed for writing applications for Windows 95 and NT 4.0 -- not OS/2. Might they be talking about Visual Age, which is a product produced by IBM? It has many similarities to Visual Basic but is designed for OS/2 and other IBM operating systems.

In addition, most Windows applications do not use conventional memory per se, like older DOS based applications did. Windows does a better job of managing all the memory in the computer and uses it as it sees fit to run applications in.

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