Here’s why Windows 9 was skipped and went straight to Windows 10…

So we were graced with the wonders of Windows 8 back in 2012 and minutes after its announcement people were crying for the release of what should have been Windows 9. Two years later and Microsoft have announced their follow up to Windows 8 and gave it the name…. Windows 10.

Now, it does come as a surprise that Microsoft have totally bypassed the title: Windows 9 – especially since the series began with Windows 7 then Windows 8 so the inevitable should really be Windows 9. There have been rumours that Windows 10 is so good that is decided to intentionally bypass Windows 9 and go straight to Windows 10. But let’s cut to the chase and reveal why Microsoft went straight to Windows 10.

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According to an insider (some guy from Microsoft we presume), it’s all to do with legacy code from third-party apps running checks for Windows 9x.

The internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form:


if(version.StartsWith(“Windows 9”))

{ /* 95 and 98 */

} else {


… and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that – this was Microsoft’s version of Y2K and it all makes perfect sense. Why take the risk of such a valid (code) argument for the sake of naming the product in its sequence when Microsoft 10 has already got enough publicity already in the press for it’s move from Windows 8 to Windows 10.

Case closed on this one? We’d like to think so, especially since we are talking about the same company who went from Xbox 360 to Xbox One.

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