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Wonderous are the ways of Microsoft

  1. The Windows 95 explorer can handle long filenames. The Windows 95 “file manager” cannot. On Windows NT 4.0, both the explorer and the “file manager” handle long filenames.
  2. The Edit command-prompt utility that comes with Windows 95 can handle long filenames and open more than one file at once. Windows NT 4.0’s Edit cannot.
  3. Edit, as we all knows, relies on QBASIC.EXE, at least on DOS and Windows 3.11. Windows NT 4.0 follows the DOS 5.0/6.0 tradition and includes its help file for BASIC programmers to use as reference. Windows 95 does not. (how is a programmer who doesn’t have the time and/or resources and/or sense to download Perl for Win32 and/or half the DJGPP distribution is supposed to program the wretched thing?)
  4. Speaking of Edit: on all Windows 3.11, Windows 95, and Windows NT, Edit can handle files containing only “line-feed” characters at the end of the line, (such as those originating from UNIXes) pretty well, and even converts them to CR-LF when saving (a nice “feature”). Notepad on the other hand does not, and places many adjacent lines on one line.
  5. Notepad for Windows 95, as was Windows 3.11’s Notepad, is limited and can only view files whose file-length does not exceed 64 KB. NT’s notepad can view files of any size.
  6. BTW, for an editor with no replace feature (at least not on Windows 95), no regular-expression search and replace, no indentation support, no syntax-highlighting and no macros and scriptability features: notepad is one hell of an editor!
  7. Windows 95 supply DOS programs with int 21h functions for long file names. Thus, DJGPP ports of UNIX utilities can work in style. Windows NT, on the other hand, does not. Thus, DJGPP programs cannot work in style.

Coming Next: Windows CE, Windows 98 and Windows NT 5.0!