Microsoft has unveiled its new Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. Of course, if you’re scoring at home, you’re thinking there was Windows 7 and then Windows 8. Now, Microsoft is introducing Windows 10. So, what happened to Windows 9?
In fact, in an official release on Windows 10 in the Microsoft News Center, there is no mention of Windows 9 at all. In that release, Microsoft executive vice president of the Operating Systems group Terry Myerson explains:
“This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”
In its preview of the new operating system, Microsoft indicated new security and management features would be a major part of what’s different about Windows 10.
Other features include:
- Apps That Run Like Full Programs. When apps purchased or downloaded from the Windows Store are opened within Windows 10, they do so in their own window. That window can be resized, reshaped, and moved about the screen.
- Snap Enhancements. This feature will allow users to work on four different windows on the same screen. The windows holding these apps and programs will snap into place on the screen for easy view.
- Multiple Desktops. Windows 10 will allow users to move some apps and windows to different devices.
In fact, not only will the new operating system be featured on new Windows-based computers. Microsoft says that Windows 10 will also work on tablets, smartphones, and other devices including some now part of the Internet of Things.
Microsoft Windows 10 doesn’t only open opportunities for users but for developers, too. Microsoft is also introducing the Windows Insider Program with a preview of Windows 10 for developers to create apps for the new operating system.
Meanwhile, what has become of Windows 9?
Well, no one is exactly sure.
Recently Chris Smith of BGR speculated Windows 9 might be offered as a free upload for at least some current Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users. Even earlier, there was a theory the operating system might be offered as an incentive for those still using Windows XP to finally upgrade. However, when Microsoft announced Windows 10 recently, neither of these options manifested themselves.
The operating system was expected to include many of the changes now incorporated into the new Microsoft Windows 10 like return of the “startup button” greatly missed by many Windows fans.
Windows 9 was also expected to introduce the voice assistant Cortana to the desktop platform. Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Siri and has so only been available on Windows Phone.
It now begins to look as if Microsoft may have decided to skip over Windows 9 entirely though the specifics are not yet clear.