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Why is there no Windows 9 but Windows 10?

After Microsoft released its Windows 8 operating system, it skipped to 10 for the next one, but why did this happen?

It might sound strange, but there are those who believe that the fact that Windows 9 does not exist at all has to do with a curse or a superstition that large technology companies have in the world, which would prevent them from not using 9 for fear of make it a huge failure. But let’s be honest, Microsoft’s big failure was Windows 8 and there was no need for a 9 involved..

So why is there no Windows 9?

The answer has many layers and surely all the reasons we show below are real, but not necessarily official, because nothing has been said about it from Microsoft.

For starters, let’s go back to the failure that was Windows 8 with its attempt to bring the touch world to desktop computers, completely eliminating the conventional desktop and replacing it with a screen full of square icons that contained different apps.

This turned out to be very confusing for consumers and hence It ended up being one of the biggest disappointments on the part of the company.

It is believed that launching a product with a name very similar to Windows 8, just adding an extra drive, could result in more confusion, as there could be people who thought it was just an update and not a completely new system, causing them to walk away from this new one without even trying it.

It certainly makes sense, as Windows 10 feels completely different, from the name, to its predecessor. This is because the number 10 signifies excellence, perfection and quality, something that we all perceive without realizing it.. While 9 is very close to 8, a number that falls short of the perfection that 10 provides.

Another reason: the past

It is also said that they decided not to use the Windows 9 name because this name could be very similar to past names, such as Windows 95 or 98. Since they were only a number away from being the same as the previous ones, some third-party programs and products could have problems.

We know this thanks to a Microsoft developer who said on Reddit the following:

Internal rumors suggest that initial testing revealed many third-party products that had codes similar to the following:

if (version.StartsWith (« Windows 9 »))

{/ * 95 and 98 * /}

else {

That means that they could not work well or that there would be many problems when launching a new product with only 9, since many software could take it as referring to the version of 95 or 98. It is believed that this was a way to prevent that from happening and the best solution to that was by launching a new count from 10.

These are the two most accepted answers, but again, not even the developers can give a 100% official answer, so we will continue to speculate.