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 for Windows NT
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Windows NT
  
      (Windows New Technology, NT) Microsoft's
     32-bit operating system developed from what was originally
     intended to be OS/2 3.0 before Microsoft and IBM ceased
     joint development of OS/2.  NT was designed for high end
     workstations (Windows NT 3.1), servers (Windows NT 3.1
     Advanced Server), and corporate networks (NT 4.0 Enterprise
     Server).  The first release was Windows NT 3.1.
  
     Unlike Windows 3.1, which was a graphical environment that
     ran on top of MS-DOS, Windows NT is a complete operating
     system.  To the user it looks like Windows 3.1, but it has
     true multi-threading, built in networking, security, and
     memory protection.
  
     It is based on a microkernel, with 32-bit addressing for up
     to 4Gb of RAM, virtualised hardware access to fully protect
     applications, installable file systems, such as FAT, HPFS
     and NTFS, built-in networking, multi-processor support,
     and C2 security.
  
     NT is also designed to be hardware independent.  Once the
     machine specific part - the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)
     - has been ported to a particular machine, the rest of the
     operating system should theorertically compile without
     alteration.  A version of NT for DEC's Alpha machines was
     planned (September 1993).
  
     NT needs a fast 386 or equivalent, at least 12MB of RAM
     (preferably 16MB) and at least 75MB of free disk space.
  
     NT 4.0 was followed by Windows 2000.
  
     Usenet newsgroups: news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.setup,
     news:comp.os.ms-windows.nt.misc.
  
     (2002-06-10)
  

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