Why Did Microsoft Skip Windows 9?

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Earlier this week, Microsoft announced and offered a preview of Windows 10.  Code-named Threshold many expected the next operating system to be called Windows 9.  After all, Windows 8.1 was the name of the latest release.

No one at the announcement really explained skipping 9 in the naming scheme, but some information has been leaked.

Microsoft dev here, 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 {

So, it seems that calling the operating system Windows 9 would have wreaked havoc on software written by many third parties. Their software could identify the new operating system as Windows 95 or Windows 98.  Solution, just skip Windows 9.

Check back as we begin exploring Windows 10.  DAS hopes to have a working Windows 10 machine up and running for folks to preview soon.

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