On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM, Jeffrey <ellsn...@aol.com> wrote:

> IIRC NT 4.0 included some DOS 5.0 utilities and programs (including edit, 
> debug, etc).
> Actually, sometime after this, microsoft created a new version of edit that 
> doesn't require
> qbasic.

The earlier version of edit was essentially a compiled batch file that
called qbasic with its editor personality.  I was *delighted* to see
that finally changed.

>  As far as I know, these are still shipped with 32-bit
>   windows, minus qbasic for some reason.

The reason is simple enough: what on earth would you *do* with qbasic
on 32bit Windows?

MS was already shifting to embedding Visual Basic for Applications as
the macro language in Word, Excel and the like, and if you wanted to
program in BASIC for Windows, you bought Visual BASIC.

> Jeffrey

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