The program connects to the OpenAI API server using the TLS 1.3 encryption standard
Having ported the iconic game Doom to a wide variety of devices (from smartwatches to digital cameras, scanners, calculators and even pregnancy tests), enthusiasts are turning their attention to ChatGPT. This time, access to the ChatGPT chatbot appeared for PCs running Windows 3.1, an operating system released more than 30 years ago.
Implemented this with a third-party WinGPT application built using the standard Windows API of the era and a standard set of controls. The only “non-native” user interface element is the status bar, which the developer had to implement manually. Despite the presence of a built-in status bar in Windows 3.1, Microsoft did not make it available to developers, so the creator of WinGPT had to use their own 1997 code to achieve the desired result.
ChatGPT chatbot reaches ancient computers with 31-year-old Windows 3.1
The program connects to the OpenAI API server using the TLS 1.3 encryption standard released in 2018. This eliminates the need for a proxy with a modern operating system to establish and maintain communications.
As you might expect, WinGPT has significant limitations. For example, due to limited memory support, WinGPT receives short responses that do not take into account the context of the conversation.
WinGPT can be downloaded for free from dialup.net and run on any 16-bit or 32-bit version of Windows above 3.11 with a Winsock implementation. You will also need to enter an OpenAI API key to run WinGPT.