What Happened to Windows 9?

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows, going from Version 8 to 10, and the quick answer to my question is another question: “Why should you expect a Windows 9? When was Microsoft ever known to assign operating system numbers sequentially?”

To prove my point, I went back and checked. There have been variations and minor editions, but the versions of Windows of consequence for desktop computers are: 3.0, 3.1, Windows for Workgroups, NT, 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and now 10. Not exactly a straight line.

(So if ever you’re doing one of those “sequence” test, you’ll know the answer to “what comes next: NT, 95, 98, ME …”)

There are a few possible answers I was able to find for skipping 9. One of them is that 9 is apparently considered to be unlucky in Japan. Another one is that there are hard-coded instructions in Windows to check for if the operating system number starts with 9, intending to treat 95 and 98 as special.

Another theory is that Microsoft simply wants to create more distance between version 8 (actually 8.1 if you want to be technical) and the new release. 9 just seems too much like a small step whereas 10 seems like a whole new operating system. When XP was retired, a lot of organizations migrated to Windows 7 even though 8 was available. And many who do use Windows 8 do so in “Windows 7 mode”, with a task bar at the bottom. (Remember the “where is the Start Button” brouhaha?)

I’m buying that last one. Microsoft is hoping Version 10 will be taken more seriously.

Step Right Up! Buy Your “Likes”!

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. I received an email that announced – unabashedly – “Increase Facebook likes, Twitter followers and YouTube Viewers”.

So here’s what they will do. For fifty dollars, they will get you 1000 Facebook “likes”, or 1000 Twitter followers. For one hundred dollars, they will get you 1,000 YouTube views.

And they will “price on request” anything over 1,000.

“We are equipped with the right tools and strategy building,” they brag. And I don’t doubt they can do it. It reminds me of the old “link farms” we used to call them, where you could submit your web address to this database and they would provide you with links, presumably so your rankings would rise with search engines.

I don’t know; call me old fashioned. I like to, you know, provide something of value and earn my followers.

If you agree, click “like”. If you see over 1,000 likes, you’ll know I weakened.