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So what happened to Windows 9? 'It came and it went' according to Microsoft exec

Many people expected that Microsoft would call the next version of its PC operating system "Windows 9" since the last major release was called Windows 8. Microsoft surprised most folks by announcing a couple of weeks ago it would actually be called Windows 10. So what the heck happened to Windows 9? According to Microsoft's Windows marketing head Tony Prophet today, "It came and it went."

Speaking as part of Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference today, Prophet's vague answer is a sign that Microsoft wanted a true clean break from Windows 8, which most regard as a failed release of the OS. He added:

"Windows 10 is not going to be an incremental step from Window 8.1. Windows 10 is going to be a material step. We're trying to create one platform, one eco-system that unites as many of the devices from the small embedded Internet of Things, through tablets, through phones, through PCs and, ultimately, into the Xbox."

Do you think Prophet's statement on Windows 9 should be the final word on the matter of naming the next version of the OS?

Source: Business Insider

193 Comments
  • Well no matter what....windows 7 is still the choice at most enterprises....lets hope Windows 10 is able to break that....
  • For now it is, but the enterprise is looking at MS to prevent another WinXP debacle. If 10 meets their needs, they would be wise to start building a transition plan for a gradual rollout versus the expensive forklift upgrade that was WinXP to Win7.
  • Windows 8 (AKA Vista) was so bad they clearly decided to skip 9 completely. Maybe they thought the transition to 9 wasn't going to be enough to make everyone forget. Let's hope Windows 10 lives up to what we except from Microsoft.
  • win 8.x is good, it's just that people don't want to get used to the change, at least most of them
  • I use 8. It's fine for me. However, I would not be okay with the idea of giving it to hundreds or thousands of employees. A dramatic drop in productivity would be expected. That is what people with employees want to avoid. Upgrades need to improve productivity or they defeat their purpose.
  • How can the loss of the start button as we knew it result in a loss of productivity? This assumption is just stupid.
  • +1
  • Basically ANY change is a loss in productivity. Working as deskside support (the person that sees the user after the call center realizes they can't do it remotely over the phone) for a fortune 100 company, you will find that a great majority of the users are unable to follow basic directions for even signing into a new system, and it took months of extra "how do I do this" type calls, for a change as simple as the toolbars to the ribbons in office. I don't even want to know how long it would take them to figure out the XP/7 to 8 change.
  • It was more than just the loss of the start button. It was also the start screen and full screen apps that had no visual indication how to get back to the start screen or desktop.
  • +++++
  • You can download a start button with menus at classicshell.net Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • until they rolled out Windows 8.1, it was more than just "the loss of the start button". When Windows Started you didn't even boot to the Desktop, You were on tiles,  Navigating to different programs, the desktop, the control panel had to be learned or figured out. The Idea that there could be a loss of productivity is not stupid at all. Not everyone who works on computers picks up thing as fast as others. Recent versions of Windows did not have the Night and Day difference as happened between Windows 7, and Windows 8.
  • ++
  • True Story . I love 8.x . Its easier, its fast, and the metro is so helpful cause of its customizability. And dx 11.2 is rocking games xD Windows 8 was one of the best releases ms had yet
  • +
  • Win 8 was was/is an OS ahead of hardware, it is for touch screen devices.
  • It isn't just for touch devices. I use it all day long and don't touch the screen and it works fine for me.
  • Windows 8 - vista ? Ha ha ... Vista was soo bad... At least 8 wasn't
  • Vista was just resource-heavy. It was, however, a fantastic operating system. Video wallpapers with Vista Ultimate? That was the best stuff ever. Though, I was using (at the time) a rather a high end machine to get it to work properly.
  • No, initially you couldn't click anything or do anything in Vista without a GD security message always popping up verifying you wanted to do something. It was annoying as hell.
  • Vista's best feature? It got all the hardware OEMs off their collective complacent rumps to beef up hardware for what was coming. As a result, most systems that could run Vista had no problem running Windows 7 and 8. Windows 8 repeated that, but for touch. Now, a lot of people say they have no need for touch, becaue they spend their day in desktop mode. It's as if they think they have to give up their mouse/trackpad when touch is added. I say all those people are missing out on a productivity boost. I drive my desktop with my keyboard, mouse/trackpad, and touch, because each is naturally better for some interactions than the other two. Yes, even in desktop mode.
  • 8 used alot less resources too.
  • Yeah, I work for a global bank and the US branches just upgraded their computers to Windows 7 just last week.
  • Seems like a hack is on the way for this bank you speak of. So behind the times, then again so is every other company. I suppose it rather costly, then again they are fucking bank!
  • That's sad.lmfao!
  • People that doesn't know about informatics and don't know how to handle a new OS should not be working I think, we'll have new OS and people will still use rock wheels and will hunt with sticks and stones, damn they all. I think this will hurt some people who are "businessmen" here, but it's the pure truth.
  • Agree. Hard to read your impish text though. Please, do not write like that again.
  • I applaud these people who are at least making an effort to use our language of choice. Yeah, maybe the grammar is incorrect, but at least they're trying. When you can converse well in other laguages than your own, then I'd say you have a right to complain about their English. inseyven made some very valid and intelligent points that, despite the lack of proper grammar, were quite understandable.
  • I agree, my main language isn't english either and I think that, if he can be understood even writing things wrong, then it's totally fine.
    And by being here, making an effort to write and read, he is learning and soon enough he'll be writing just fine.
    I, for example, still make a lot of mistakes even in my main language. =)
  • Peg Leg is our local friendly neighbourhood keyboard warrior. A Troll of the highest order who delights in insulting people at every opportunity. He is best ignored. That is all. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Thanks... Well... I don't speak English everyday (almost never) and yesterday I was very ill to be caring about it, but normally I try to use a correct grammar. And thank you again.
  • Yes, final word. Discussions about 8.2, 9, or 10 won't change a thing and will distract from the task at hand. Playing with a new Windows release for many platforms.
  • Maybe it's just me, but I'm not entirely sure what point you're trying to make.
  • That's exactly what I thought about this articles title:  "So what happened to Windows 9? 'It came and it went' according to Microsoft exec". What difference does it make?  Microsoft went from Windows 3.0 to Windows 95.  Then Windows 98 to ME then XP, etc... It's not like they have a history of keeping everthing in sequence when it comes to branding their OS upgrades.  What happened to it?  Nothing!  It never existed. :)
  • Actually It did exist, It was talked about in the News, and if you do a google search for it, you can find articles and even videos. For whatever reason Microsoft decided to Name the next release of their Operating System, Windows 10, that is not to say it never existed.
  • I responded before my first shot of caffeine which lead to an incomplete thought. Who cares about the title of the OS. It doesn't change a thing (they wont change the name) and discussion around why they chose X distracts from testing and learning about the new OS. This topic is noise and click bait.
  • You are absolutely right. There never has really been any sort of sequence to the naming of Windows. They may as well have called it Windows Matrix for what it's worth. :-) Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Glad it's not Windows 9, Win 10 it's totally a revamp.
  • Dang.. This rumor is already old, this is one part of speculation I dont give one crap about... Omg they freaking skipped 9! NO...its not because 7 ate it, and its not because of a Windows 95/98 application realization fault..
  • You hit the nail on the head. As Zacthenever said, its more a programming decision I believe.
  • Some software requirements still labeled as Windows 9x, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1. Windows 9 will be confusing.
  • People and business would stick with XP if they could.
  • This is the true reality.
  • God no! Win 7 is so much easier, stable, safe, reliable than XP.
  • XP is trashy now. Windows 8 is even more stable and secure than 7. Business people need to stop bitching.
  • But change, they hate change, evil change for change sakes, change for the better no way man, change is bad.
  • That's ridiculous. Businesses don't hate "change", they just don't want to have to retrain all of their employees, which they would have to do for Windows XP to Windows 8. It's not about "security", it's not about them hating change, it's about the value of it. If businesses look at a the two options (Windows 7 & 8) and determine that it would be cheaper to deploy Windows 7, then they would do that.
  • Microsoft had much more faith in the ability and aptitude of people than businesses... Always giving more credit than is deserved. Corporate America is not as (I can't think of the word where they are not sympathetic) =[
  • forgiving?
  • The company I work for just switched from Office 2003 to Office 365 and while the basic functionality is there and its not terribly hard to transition to but the amount of complaints over things changing I saw on Yammer was gross. It's not the businesses, its some of the users, they hate change and complain about "change for change sakes". I've said it before, if we listened to those people we'd still be living in caves.
  • That's a pretty good self-fulfilling loop you've got there. So anyone who doesn't like a change should just deal with it? With no consumer feedback? Well, I'm glad you don't run Microsoft, because I want them to succeed while you would run it into the ground while wondering "why don't businesses just do what I say?". The fact of the matter is that change for the sake of change can definitely be a bad thing if you don't execute properly, which Microsoft didn't. Windows 10 is still a sizable change from Windows 7/XP, but its the kind of change that consumers actually want.
  • Yes. Deal with change. The World was once considered flat. Guess what its not.
  • Then let me say that I've very happy that you have no power over my company's business decisions or Microsoft. You would run it into the damn ground.
  • Bitching about change and providing constructive feedback are two entirely different things. I would be willing to bet that most of the people that are complaining about Office 365, Windows 8.x, et al, can't even give you a valid reason why, and I don't mean parroting what the tech "journalists" are saying.
  • People at work have a job to do that oftentimes is running two or three key applications all day long. Unless the upgrade helps them do their jobs better in some way then all it is is an impediment. In the case of Windows Server 2012 it made my job more difficult so I skipped it. R2 is acceptable.
  • And that there, along with users whinging cause they have nothing better to do, is why i deploy Win8 launching to desktop with their key apps deployed on the taskbar - the ones who have it so far love it to the point of they started pinning lesser used stuff as well and don't care there isn't a start menu (or go anywhere near the start screen).
  • I know some people who pretty much do live in caves!!!!
  • He is being sarcastic mongoloid.
  • some are still using systems that can only run on XP,  like where i work, we are still using VMS which can only run on XP, so we are using the XP mode on Win 7.  To replace this system, the company needs millions for a system so why not continue using XP where this system runs perfectly without any problems.
  • So, when millions are potentially lost due to a security breach that was patched in a newer version of Windows, whose budget will take a bigger hit?
  • Have they looked into RemoteApp? XP mode is essentially just RemtoeApp version 0.1 anyway... In that the application is virtualised inside an XP environment the user never goes near.
  • Only because businesses and some people don't want to spend money, not because it's better. 
    They'd still be on Windows 95 if they could (and would enver change if they weren't eventually forced to).
  • Please don't say that Windows 10 will be a complete rewrite of anything!! Please, don't!!
    I already can smell things being left of the "final version" because there was no time for all features to be rewritten. Just look WP8.0 release. Please don't do this again!!
  • Naah ... It won't be a complete rewrite. A major revamp maybe, but not rewrite. Unless this rewrite already started back then in 2011 and releasing part of it's rewrite result by merging it with Windows 7 ... Voila ... Here comes Windows 8. Release another part and merge it into 8 ... It became 8.1 ... And now to finalize the transition ... It became Windows 10. :) *Don't believe me. I just made it up* :3
  • It won't, if you know where to look you will see it is still NT 6.4 Windows 7 was 6.1 so it's not really that big a stretch, it's all on the face of it... Consider it digital surgery! =P
  • This is not a new statement. Satya Nadella should be credited for that statement. I can't remember what interview, but I'm sure of it.
  • I thought it was because 7, 8, 9. I know...im lame.
  • The best one I've heard so far is that Microsoft did it to save everyone the trouble of skipping Windows 9 too. (Ouch.)
  • Good one! I wonder how many people will actually get you comment.
  • Cause 7 ate 9
  • Satya said that last week
  • Consider Windows RT=Windows 9 Windows 8 was good, Windows 8.1 is awesome, just the marketing sucked. Until recently MS marketing really had been bad. Hence the Zune better the the iPod but no one knew about it. Surface better than the iPad again no has heard of it.
  • They couldn't help zune much with lack of music service in many regions & they took too long to spread the hd(for lack of retail partners)
  • Yeah and they are doing it again with Surface..I own a independent computer store and it is not possible for me to sell the Surface.
  • ehmm they never intended to sell Zune worldwide... you know, that's why you could only get it in US and some parts of Canada... I mean, research a little and then try to use logic. do you see xbox being sold only in one country? no.... you know why? because they intended and intend to make xbox console sell worldwide. Zune was just an experiment, and that's why Windows Phone grabbed some stuff from it.   and I don't understand how Windows 8/8.1 martketing sucked when people only complained about the lack of start menu, or how the start screen covered all the screen. people said it was hard to use even if it was the same as Win7 just full screen. so what do you want Microsoft to do? when people talk bad about it even if they haven't used it and people, their friends or family talk bad about it?   I really don't understand people like you... I mean, you say marketing sucked blablabla, and them marketing for a product like Windows is not needed since everyone knows about windows, just like people know about ipad even if it is not on TV (I have seen more surface commercials than ipad)
  • Well marketing was bad for a lot of the products (including surface and windows 8). Marketing definitely does matter when changing the UI of something as major as windows; especially when moronic media outlets, or tech blogs, put so much of their own bias into coverage and really messed with people's perception of win 8.
    It doesn't take research to know that Zune was mainly sold in the US, but that was exactly its problem. We know it was an experiment, but the point is it could have been more successful if it was made available [officially] at more outlets around the world. This is precisely why MS realized the err of their ways for surface (only selling it at MS stores initially) early on and has been making deals with large retailers in countries where they don't have much of a presence personally. They want to control the experience (completely understandable), but it will slow down sales.
  • Just last week a couple guys at work were talking about their Zunes and hoe they wish the device was still being made (both love their iPhones but hate iTunes with a vengeance that brings a smile to my face). Perhaps it was time MS did a relaunch hooked into Xbox Music... It would cover the market of people who don't like iTunes but don't want to move to WP and those of us on WP but would still take a Zune as well. They could even hook it into the Xbox One as a dedicated Smartglass device.
  • As inexpensive as some of the low end Lumias are, you could buy one without a sim card and use that as your new Zune. With WiFi you could still load it with Apps and music, you just wouldn't be able to talk and text.
  • Um this looks more like Windows 7.5. Feels like it too.
  • I disagree, that's just as far as you wanna be with it...I would take it a bit farther.
  • If I had to speculate, Windows 9 may have been under development with a much more Metro type direction, and when they killed it to make it more desktop-centric, the name was killed with it to avoid internal confusion. At least, that's what that statement seems to be saying to me.
  • Does Windows 9 = Continuum, just lumped into the revamped Windows 10???
  • Windows 9 - it's the "blink and you miss it OS".
  • Says the penguin on rum ;)
  • Well I don't mind a number but for the common folks, skipping 9 was something to make fun of Microsoft... And the marketing team should have known that, imho it was windows 9 the clever option but who cares now... New OS seems awesome anyways
  • There's also an explanation that most programs are coded to consider the OS as Windows 9x if the starting number is 9. That would mean that a lot of legacy code would presume its compatible with the new OS. Hence MS had to change the version number.
  • /\ This
  • Except most of that backwards compatibility(16 bit) has been gutted out
  • It's nothing to do with the 16bit code. It's third party code that grabs the OsName and then either looks at the start of the string for "Windows 9" or looks for a single 9 in the string and then runs a Windows 95 specific code path. In some places this would have no effect what so ever and in others the program would incorrectly throw an exception. See here for some gory details: https://searchcode.com/?q=if%28version%2Cstartswith%28%22windows+9%22%29 - The code found is mostly Java but this doesn't mean that this is the only culprit. This bad programming practice is probably everywhere and switching to Windows 10 is a nice easy fix.
  • Nope. It's version 6.4. All numbers 7 8 8.1 9 10 are nothing but marketing.
  • I think this numbering game is getting a little sophmoric, now.  Let's get on with the technical stuff that the next most important os will bring.  Bring on the greatest os the world has ever seen.  I haven't been as excited about an os since Win95!
  • Kim Jung Un ate it!
  • I think the biggest reason is this:
    "wow, windows 10? I must be way behind, I'm on windows 7"
  • 7 ate 9
  • It should just be called Windows, if its gonna be 1 windows for all it should be called just windows.
  • Windows 10 will draw more attention.
  • Windows 9 will be similar with Windows 95 or 98?
  • Does it matter what its called as long as its good? Goodness knows why this trivial thing is what so many are fixated on.
  • The name is not a big deal. Features talk more.
  • Jesus, why is this still being talked about!? They already said its Windows 10 because of older software that's looks for "windows 9x" to run. As in Windows 95. If they did Windows 9, it would crash older programs or programs not updated. They are just saying because it's so new, Marketing Department.
  • They could've skipped it at the code level but didn't due to 9.x being 16bit
  • Except that Win95/98 wasn't 16-bit. A 32-bit O/S and Win-32 API (Win32c) along with pre-emptive multi-tasking were Win-95's claims to fame. It was possible to write 32-bit applications that ran on both Win9x and WinNT, by checking the platform and calling the appropriate version of Win32. The need to support migration of 32-bit apps from Win9x to WinXP was actually one of the causes for the admin-by-default security settings that caused such a problem when MS tried to change it in Vista.
  • I got totally shocked over this. I will never be the same
  • Like JOHN LENNON said it was just a dream number 9 number 9 number 9
  • Windows X
  • The reason is all explained here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x1cnJ_pOAdQ
  • I'm okay with Windows 10. But being that this is such a big step forward, I would have liked to have seen them drop the number scheme.
  • Probably afterwards with 6.5 builds
  • With a name like Prophet, he better be telling the truth! /s
  • I can't believe this is the first content about his name. I was about to make that joke!
  • LOL haha that's funny.
  • He better hope Cortana doesn't go rampant and try and knock him off... :)
  • I hope they release windows 10 with a 1020 successor called 10xx. A real successor. I'm hoping.
  • And yet people are only excited about a new iPhone. This is the state of technology today.
  • Personally, I think it's to bring Windows to the same perceived level as OS X.  After all, the X in OS X does mean "10", and each of the OS X versions are 10.x.y. 
  • ^ I like this reasoning the best so far.
  • So Windows 8.1 was probably suppose to be 9
  • I agree with that assessment... (6.3)
  • What's been said so far makes a lot of sense, however I just can't get out of my head the thought that these changes and improvements will make the WP 7- WP 8 story repeat, again
  • it shouldn't, as wp8 uses the nt kernel as opposed to wp7 with ce, and future releases will use the same kernel, at least windows 10 will
  • If you wanted it to be a big jump should of called it Windows 360. Then you would of had Office 365.
  • Old ass news
  • Upgrade to Windows 10 should be free for those have OS prior to Windows 8. And a minimal charge or free for windows 8, 8.1, If they have to increase the user of Windows 10.
  • Why would you charge those who purchased your latest version, and give the cheapskates, who didn't a free pass? What would you can that? A Reverse Customer Loyalty Program?
  • First, I didn't say totally that they should be charged. In my opinion those who have Windows 8 or 8.1 are more prone to upgrade to more traditional type of Windows that's we have again found in Windows 10. But who are on Windows 7 or prior are not immediately ready to upgrade to a new OS, because they are habituated in that.
  • People who have 8, 8.1 should be rewarded with a free upgrade for being early adopters so to speak.
  • So you're saying that Microsoft should give free licenses to businesses that still use Windows 7 or below just becuse they don't upgrade to the latest version? I'm glad you aren't in charge at Microsoft as that would be the dumbest decision in the history of dumb decisions.
  • If Windows 7 users are charged then the number of quick-adoption will be lower.
  • Why shouldn't they be charged for it, they made the choice NOT to upgrade to Windows 8 so why should they get a free copy. You still haven't provided a reason why this should happen. You do realise that Microsoft aren't a charity, they are a business out to make money.
  • Yes it's hard to provide free update to all, as they would loss some money. But they are providing free update in Windows phone. Google is also providing free update in their Android. I think if more people will use Windows 10, then Microsoft can earn more money from Store through modern apps via developers.
  • Phone and Tablet Updates and Desktop and  Laptop Updates are two totally different things. Phones and Tablets require updates from the manufacturer, you can't get them any other way and Microsoft makes nothing from providing them. Lets make one thing clear, Microsoft is a business and they are out to make money, no one is entitled to recieve Windows 10 for free. Microsoft is providing it for free to Windows 8.1 users because the can and because they want to and not because us users think we are entitled to it. 
  • Then good. I have don't have to worry about anything. I will receive free update as currently I am using Windows 8.1 on my 3 month old laptop.
  • What a terrible idea
  • That doesn't make sense, why would you charge people who are using Windows 8 or 8.1 and not charge those who decided to stick with Windows 7 or below? Microsoft have stated that Windows 10 will be free for people using Windows 8 or 8.1, with a minimal charge for those using Windows 7 and lower!!!
  • They decided to stick because Windows 8 series can't attract traditional desktop users. Microsoft also admit that.
  • Possibly, but businesses don't always upgrade to the latest version.
  • But I think the best option Microsoft should offer is that free upgradation to all.
  • How many millions do you predict Microsoft would lose by doing that, not only that but XP can't be upgraded and 7 users would have to backup their data and settings first.
  • I agree with you. I am a die hard Microsoft fan. But at the same time Microsoft now is in a very crucial and critical situation. They are losing the favour a little bit. As Apple customers can get their update for free in their Mac. And the more customers is in one OS they can develop it more rapidly.
  • That's a business decision that Apple has decided to make, not only that but the userbase is significantly smaller for Macs than PCs. They can afford to provide updates for free as they charge astronomical prices for their hardware.
  • Yes its right. But Microsoft also sells hardware and gain profit from this. Like Xbox.
  • Best is free upgrade to all to reduce the OS version fragmentation
  • That will happen when Microsoft chooses to distribute Windows under a GPL and that will happen when hell freezes over. Let me guess, you use Windows 7 or, god forbid, Windows XP and you feel hard done by because you only just found out that Windows 10 won't be free for you?
  • For your kind information I use Windows 8.1. I am happy with the modern UI. But it doesn't mean that everyone is happy. And I am a die hard Microsoft fan. I never use any Google services, except YouTube.
  • One axiom is "never buy an even numbered OS release," I think I heard this when Windows 3.5 was released. As bug a landmark as Windows 95. Look at IOS 8. Needed 8.1 and 8.2 to fix and my guess is it will settle down at 8.3. Windows 10, beware LOL
  • Right now I'm more concerned with Cyan/Denim and lack thereof.
  • It came, it went, yet we're still talking about it :-), does this help with the Win 10 buzz?
  • May be 9 alone is horror number for Microsoft
  • Aaaah..... so it's not about the numbering, it's about the psychology. Smart.
  • I thought it was because of apps that coded windows 95 and 98 as "9".
    Microsoft needs to improve there app store. Compared to android and iOS it is nothing. Which is why I always buy full desktop os instead of rt. No minecraft, candy crush, snap chat, galcon, etc.
    I guess with windows 10,apps made for tablet will also be available for phone and vice versa? Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • If you must have a Windows 9, understand that it's what is available now... If each version of Windows is just the next iteration, then understand where it stands. Vista = 6.0, W7 = 6.1, 8.0 = 6.2 and 8.1/9 = 6.3 because the technical preview for Windows 10 = 6.4 and the only thing that may change in the future is builds after that 6.4.xxxx
  • Ummmm....what?
  • Yes...i was think that shud put the matter to bed.
  • Wow, people really let this get to them huh? Well, speaking for myself, I don't care if its Windows 9, 10, or friggin' 100, just so long as its a GOOD, stable OS. I'm hoping they get things done right for us all with Windows 10.
  • BECAUSE SEVEN ATE NINE.
  • Not calling it Windows 9 is just Karma! That's it, Karma!
  • 7. 8 9
  • I think they considered windows 8.1 as Windows 9.......hahaha
  • I loved Windows 8 and I really appreciated everything that came besides it But, the masses declared with angry it was not so good as MS tried show it!
    I hope Microsoft create a real and innovative change to its O.S
    This Windows 10 Technical Preview promises a lot, but will it fulfill with all?
    I hope so!
  • I don't see any problem on Windows 8.1 or 9 (if it exist) or 10. As long as they're fast. Oh I've tested Windows 10 Preview. Seems faster... Haha!
  • what about Windows One, one os for xbox, pc, tablet, phone, and who knows what the future may bring
  • "ultimately, into the Xbox." - lol, the ultimate device? >.
  • Win 8 is bad, i have use it, opening the settings took a few seconds, then loading, unlike the native win 7 control panel, oh in less than a second everything is loaded
  •     The biggest problem I had with Win (8/8.1) is that it would not run a great deal of software that runs on xp/7. In fact while I have two 8.1 computers I still keep a XP system to run all those older but very good programs. No offence to anyone; but I don't think 9  or 9.1 or 10 or what is going to fix that problem. I use 8.1 every day and it works very well and is very fast. But I have a boat load of programs that will not run on it and never will. Plan on keeping a XP until until the cows come home.
  • Yep I'm with u. Still having XP around ^^
  • Which programs are they, if they don't require hardware access then why not run them in a Windows XP Hyper-V VM if you have Windows 8.1 Pro or use VMWare, Virtualbox or VHD boot?
  • People hate change no matter what, and to be honest they're is not much change when it comes to XP and Windows 8, most people are either online or using office so the basic concept is there. I remember my mom telling me that people were upset at work because they were replacing the typewriters for computers. People found them worthless and unproductive. What do we use now?
  • I've heard that one of the reasons that Windows 9 has been skipped, is that the following code is used in a lot of active projects (to check if Windows 95 or Windows 98 is running) if (osname.StartsWith("Windows 9")) // do some legacy stuff   https://searchcode.com/?q=if%28version%2Cstartswith%28%22windows+9%22%29
  • I think it have something to do with the build number. I think Windows 10 ist not ready before build 10000.
    Sry for my bad English ;-)
  • I still think it's for the same reason that 6 is afraid of 7.
  • windows 10 will be ground braking OS!
  • Win 8.x was amazing . Sorry but I liked it . And for hobby devs it was a great is to work with.
  • it will come update on lumia 1320??
  • Dude I don't think so. I am using 930 (WP8.x) and I am damn sure there will be no updates from WP8.x to WP10. They gonna make us buy WP10 (if it exist).
  • Why wouldn't it, the kernel isn't changing like when they went from WP7 to WP8. To be fair to Microsoft they haven't said anything about WP8.1 to Windows 10 upgrades yet, the preview for ARM devices isn't until late 2015.
  • What choice do we have regarding the last word?
  • Everyone I mean every windows phone will have windows 10 working on them as an Ota update..don't worry about..
  • Someone also said that devs used the number 9 to represent Windows 95/98 so it wouldn't work. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I feel its just a marketing strategy, an attempt to make people feel that MSFT have drifted clear of the obstacles that windows 8 faced. By naming the next iteration windows 10, msft want to let people feel that the new version is just not a step upgrade and is just not evolutionary but revolutionary. Either way, It doesn't matter because I am comfortable with any iteration as long as it runs my games..
  • I use windows 8.1 and it is fantastic and so smooth .. The games are great .. I hope windows 10 will be even better :)
  • To reduce the OS version fragmentation
  • #win10iscoming
  • Businesses don't hate 8 they just don't want employees playing Angry Birds at work!
  • By the way I like Windows X but I can see where XP and Apple's X would confuse some.
  • Naming it Windows 10 instead of Windows 9, reminds me of Nigel saying his amp goes to 11.
  • When I first got a mac people were complaining about how it was to hard to use and you couldn't right click. Now look how popular it is. If Windows 8 for a few years it probably woulda caught on, but I think these changes are good because Windows doesn't need to be radically different just for the sake of being different
  • It was legacy coding looking for the first digit of the named tag of the windows version, 9x and 9 would cause issues with ancient software in the enterprise.
  • Only a marketing team could be so stupid as this. Like "Microsoft" and "Windows" aren't a dead giveaway. You could call it Windows 3000 and consumers would still come in with preconceived expectations.
  • Windows 8 was almost entirely a perception problem. With about 30 minutes of rudimentary training and setup the average user would be right back to how they were doing things in  Windows 7. The learning curve was barely there. The changes were too swift and that got a backlash. Win10 will get it all done. Nothing was wrong with 8 but the power of perception wasn't ignored at MS.
  • I would be fine with Windows One
  • Who cares as long as Windows 10 makes people happy.
  • It was actually all the legacy code that sees an OS string that starts with "Windows 9" and immediately thinks it's Windows 9x or ME. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Actually, Windows 9 were skipped to avoid confusion to Windows 9x.