The following table lists some of the primary features of Windows 3.1 and 3.11.
|Customizable user environment||Such features as colors, background pictures, screen savers, mouse settings, startup programs, and the Program Manager can be changed to appear and run according to the user's preferences.|
|Data sharing||Using Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE), information can be shared from one application to another. Object linking and embedding (OLE) allows embedding of information from one application in another application's file.|
|Icons||Windows uses small pictures called icons to represent programs or objects.|
|Multitasking||By allocating processor time to each application, Windows allows multiple applications to run at the same time. Each application is assigned a priority with the one currently in use receiving the most processor time.|
|Network awareness||Windows can recognize disk and print resources provided by network systems. It is compatible with Novell, NetWare, Banyan Vines, DEC Pathworks, and Unix/Linux.|
|Virtual memory||In an MS-DOS environment, programs are limited to the amount of physical memory (RAM) available in the computer. With Windows, part of the hard drive can be used as a swap file, in place of RAM. Using a swap file is slower than RAM; however, it does expand the capability of the computer.|