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Why there was no Windows 9

The Windows operating system is the most popular and is installed on the vast majority of computers in the world. Almost all programs and games are developed for this operating system. The advantage of this system is that it’s easy to maintain. Many Windows users have wondered where Windows 9 is missing. Microsoft took the leap between Windows 8 and Windows 10 and after that users started noticing and asking questions. To date, there has been a lot of talk regarding this issue and so has speculation.

What was the reason for not having Windows 9

Windows is the system that organizes the interaction of programs on a computer with each other and with the user, that is, with us, the people working at the computer. With Windows, you can use various programs. Such as office programs, Internet browsers, various music, video players, and others. Both were included originally in this operating system and installed by the user. That’s why people who interact so much with this operating system noticed that there were no Windows 9.

Windows 8 was presented to users in 2012, and right after that came into the world with Windows 10 in 2015. Back in 2015, at the Microsoft Build conference, Vice President Joe Belfiore appeared in a blue T-shirt with a white logo stylized as the Windows logo. On closer inspection, the geometric shapes in the logo turned out to be shaped by binary code text. The programmer Kevin Gosse managed to make a screenshot and translate the code into ASCII characters. He published it in his Twitter.

The upper left checkbox of the logo reads – “There’re 10 types of people in the world”. Here Microsoft hints that in the expression “2 types of people” the number 2 in the binary code is written as a combination of 10. The top right box jokes that “Windows 10, because 7 8 9.” Here is a play on words, because the number 8 sounds exactly like the verb ‘ate’, in the past tense ‘ate’. This makes it sound like Windows 7 ate Windows 9. The bottom left checkbox apparently refers to conference attendees or Windows Insider participants “Congrats on being one of the first”.

And finally, the bottom right checkbox speaks to the future, “Windows Insiders help us develop the future. Talk to us Windows”. It’s worth noting that in 2015, when Kevin Gosse posted this tweet, Joe Belfiore also retweeted it. In fact, since the release of Windows 10, a lot of social media users have been trying to solve this puzzle and give an answer to their audience. It’s worth noting that Microsoft had no official statement about Kevin Gosse’s tweet.

How Microsoft explains the absence of Windows 9

Around the same time Windows 10 was released, the head of Windows marketing, Tony Prophet, explained at a conference. It was said that the omission of the nine in the name of the versions of the operating system Microsoft Windows. It was also mentioned that it has nothing to do with the compatibility of software and was made by the company consciously. Profet mentioned that, in fact, the name Windows 9 could get an update of Windows 8.1.

Microsoft didn’t want Windows 9 to be associated with the unpopular Windows 8. Also, in his words was the fact that Windows 10 is by no means an incremental update to Windows 8.1. It’s a significant step forward. They are trying to create a single platform, a single ecosystem. From tiny Internet of Things sensors, to smartphones, to tablets, to PCs, and ultimately, to Xbox. Microsoft is following a new approach in developing Windows 10.

What other opinions and myths exist about the absence of Windows 9

Since this issue is quite popular to this day, a lot of opinions and myths have gathered around it. The most common myth is the superstition about the number ‘9’. It so happens that it’s the 9th work is the last for the authors, and they end their professional way on it. This superstition emerged after the death of Beethoven. Also, any Japanese will never give a name to anything with the number ‘9’ in it.

In the Land of the Rising Sun, nine is considered an unlucky number. It’s not used in many spheres and isn’t liked by the Japanese themselves. Another myth, and some will confidently say it’s a theory, is that in numerology ‘9’ is the number that ends a certain cycle. Perhaps, the representatives of Microsoft decided to skip this stage at once and start with a clean slate.

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