From Windows 7, Microsoft has started a number series to release their operating systems, Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1. But then they surprisingly skipped Windows 9 and introduced us to Windows 10.
When Microsoft announced Windows 10, there were many different questions in the mind of the people. However, one common concern for all was why Microsoft hopped Windows 9?
History of Windows Version Naming
If you are an avid Windows user, you may remember that historically Microsoft never gave numbers to the Windows version. Windows 95 and 98 were named as per the name of their launching year, followed by Windows NT, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, and so on.
When Microsoft revealed Windows 7, it was a surprise for many. The reason was, nobody anticipated that Microsoft would switch to numbers for naming the Windows versions.
Interestingly, the name of each Windows till now doesn’t match with their original version number. Windows 10 is actually the Windows version 6.4. Similarly, Windows 8.1 is version 6.3, and Windows 7 was 6.1. Last time the version was matched with the name was with the Windows NT 4.0 way back in 1996. However, the majority of people used to call it Windows NT.
Why Did Microsoft Skip Windows 9?
So the point is if Microsoft was going with the number series, why did it skip Windows 9?
Theory from an Expert
A famous American freelancer Mary Jo Foley, who regularly keeps an eye on Microsoft, has a theory. In one of her pieces, she wrote that Microsoft went for Windows 10 instead of Windows 9 because, in this way, they were signifying that this would be the last major version of Windows. Now, instead of releasing a new Windows version, you would get frequent upgrades in Windows 10. Somehow Windows 10 was implying more weightage than Windows 9.
And later on, this was confirm by Microsoft that they have no plan to launch the new version of Windows after Windows 10. Instead, they would provide two major feature updates yearly and frequent updates to fix bugs and provide security packages.
A Superstition or a Marketing Strategy?
Another popular theory that was going rounds during Windows 10 release was that Japanese consider the number 9 unlucky. Since Microsoft has a humongous Windows userbase in Japan, they decided against taking any risks and skipped Windows 9. This could be true because Trend Micro, a Japanese company, did the same thing a few years back when it jumped to version 9 of its antivirus security program. Even Apple skipped the iPhone 9 and directly went for iPhone X from iPhone 8.
What Microsoft have to Say
Though Microsoft never officially stated the reason to skip Windows 9, one of its officials once joked about it.
In a Build Conference, Joe Belfiore, the Corporate VP of the Operating System at Microsoft, was wearing a unique T-Shirt that contains a binary coded message. When we deciphered the message, it read “Windows 10 because 7 8 9″.
If you didn’t get it, reread it loudly. If we think about it keeping in mind the Windows versions, according to the quote, Windows 7 ate Windows 9.
Well, that’s a joke, and it doesn’t contain any real meaning(or does it?).
What is in the name?
Exactly our thought, what is in the name?
Windows 10 is ultimately just a name. Besides, naming it Windows 9 wouldn’t have made much difference in the operating system’s current working procedure. However, a better question could be asked from Microsoft is that if they were planning to completely halt the introduction of new Windows versions after Windows 10, then why not choose a unique name such as Windows Ultimate or Windows 365 or maybe just Windows. But again, What’s in the name?
DO NOT Download Windows 9
Now you know that Microsoft has never officially released Windows 9, and we are 100% sure that it is not going to happen in the future as well. So, if you find an article on “How to upgrade to Windows 9?” or download links for getting Windows 9, you must immediately refrain yourself from those and, if possible, report them to the authority.
It might be a trap to release the malware or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) on your system. If, by mistake, you have downloaded the fake Windows 9, then immediately delete it. Also, it would be best to thoroughly scan your system with a robust antivirus.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.