Microsoft Executive Explains What Happened To Windows 9

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  1. dgstorm

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    Microsoft surprised everyone few weeks back by announcing that the next version of Windows will be called ‘Windows 10′, instead of the obvious ‘Windows 9′. So, what happened to Windows 9? Speaking on stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Windows team executive Tony Prophet said, “It came and it went.”

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    Its still not clear what FREE upgrades to Windows 9 means. if Win9 is included in 10 then do you get part of 10 free??? and have to pay for the remainder. ;)
     
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    TLDR Because 7 "ate" 9 ;)

    Seriously though, it's mostly due to legacy code that detects the name "Windows 9" as a short for "Windows 95" and other old versions of Windows. By them naming it Windows 9, they risk breaking compatibility with hundreds of thousands of programs. They could re-write Windows from the ground up to avoid that, but then who knows how long that will take and what other compatibility problems and bugs it will introduce. Naming it 10 was just easier.
     
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    Of course those programs will detect running on Windows 1.0 now. :)
     

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