Given a focus on reviewing software on a platform as close as possible to that of most readers, while maintaining support for Windows, DESQview
, and other oddball software, DR DOS was put back on the shelf and the less capable but more widely used MS DOS 5.0 put in its place.
Although DOS 5.0 comes with a memory manager of its own, if you're using DESQview
, you'll want QEMM.
Actually, much of my satisfaction with DESQview
derives from QEMM, Quarterdeck's dynamite memory manager for computers with an 80386 microprocessor.
He preferred combining Windows 3.0 with DESQview
if sufficient disk space and RAM (minimum 2 megabytes) were available.
Double these amounts all around and you have the makings of a reasonably robust workstation that can multitask with DESQview
or handle just about any Windows task you can throw at it.
(However, if your Host PC is an 80386-based machine, the use of DESQview
may enable two or three clients to be served.) And one has to have a means of distributing the software to clients.
If I can scare up the money to add two more megabytes of RAM ($180 at current prices), the multitasking operating environment Desqview
will really make sense.
This ability to move among applications by a click of the mouse was remarkable after dealing with a PC's relative cumbersomeness in moving among applications, even under Windows or Desqview
. Capturing screen images and inserting diem into die text proved to be little more difficult than moving text around in my favorite word processor in a DOS system.
She reported that DOS, Windows applications, local area networks (LANs), and multitasking under DESQView
were the most popular choices.
Windows/386 is most frequently compared to Quarterdeck Office System's DESQview
. In the November 1988 issue of PC World, associate editor Michael Goodwin examined installation, performance, usability, and compatibility with DOS applications and found the results favored DESQview