Debate over Windows10 naming
is out in the market and it’s been a long and winding read. Now let’s discuss
about the most confusing things about the latest version of Windows. When
Windows 10 was released, the most surprising thing was not that it was
released, but that Windows would be skipping version 9 and heading straight to
10. Why Microsoft did this, is still not clear and Microsoft never really gave
any clear answer.
As we know
earlier also, Microsoft released many versions in between Windows 3 and Windows
7 by a specific name instead of a number: like 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000, Vista, and
so on. When Windows 7 was released by the Microsoft, there was actually a
similar amount of disbelief as it is in Windows 10; since after a series of
named versions of Windows, it seemed odd to switch back to numbers.
Some people say that, there is also the fact
that the name of each Windows release actually does not correspond to version
number. For example, Windows 8.1 is actually version 6.3 of Windows, Windows 8
was 6.2, Windows 7 was 6.1, Windows Vista was 6.0, Windows XP was version 5.1, and
Windows NT 5.0 was actually version 5.0 and so on. Thus accordingly Windows 10
is version 6.4. But modern versions of Windows are still based on the Vista
kernel and code base- including Windows 10, which is actually Windows 6.4.
Developers still don’t know when will they eventually reach internal version
7.0, but they’ll cross that bridge when they get there.
Some other reasons for skipping
As officially there was no announcement why
Microsoft decided to keep its new operating system name as Windows 10 instead
of Windows 9, people stared giving their own views and theories, which they
think might be correct. A journalist in Japan said that the number 9 is
considered unlucky in Japan. Microsoft has a big enough presence in Japan and
due to which they may have skipped Windows 9 to avoid any weirdness or ill
will. Similarly, few year back a company in Japan did the same thing when it
skipped version 9 of its antivirus software.
Second, a Reddit user who claims to be a
Microsoft Developer posted a line of code showing some reasonable confusion
that could be the reason why company decided to go with Windows 9.
This means that Microsoft noticed some
developers were putting a line of code in third-party products to check the
version of Windows a device was running. The code checks to see if the version
starts with the initial letter 9, which could potentially confuse windows
application development into thinking its Windows 95 or Windows 98.