Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9 and go straight to 10?

By +Brad Naylor

The entire computer literate universe has no doubt heard by now that the most popular operating system on the planet, Windows, will be skipping version 9 and going straight to Windows 10. STP is first with the facts about why there will be no Windows 9.

Windows 10 startup logo
Note the subtle use of the Roman Numeral X (which means 10)
Ever since GoDaddy made it easy to get your own domain name people have been looking to make some money by preempting popular websites and 'cybersquatting' until the company who actually want the domain name pay top dollar for the rights to use it. The practice of cybersquatting has become so commonplace that there exists a board of appeal (ICANN) which, on request, has the power to transfer domain ownership to a trademark holder with no money changing hands.

The actions of ICANN have, for the most part, stopped individuals from cybersquatting but sometimes the domain is owned by a person or persons who can prove that they have an equally valid right for owning a particular .com name.

www.windows9.com is one of those obscure examples where the domain is legitimately owned by another entity who could prove the validity of their ownership and ICANN had no option but to deny Microsoft's claim to the domain name. At the time of writing, windows9.com is an unresolved DNS address which throws up a custom 404 error message, and a WHOIS search points to a pseudo corporation based in Maine known for masking the true domain owners. </jargon>

www.windows9.com 404 error
The 404 error page at windows9.com
As a result of this website oversight, Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation have decided not to pursue a costly court battle over the unavailable domain and instead moved on to Windows 10 aka Windows X (which sounds too much like the now defunct Window XP for comfort).

The new OS is already being shipped in beta/appraisal format to a select few will be unleashed n the general public sometime in the middle of 2015. It combines the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8, including the classic start menu. I personally think that if they are skipping version numbers then Microsoft should call it Windows 15. Not just because of the release year but it is the sum of Windows 7 and 8 (7+8=15).

Will you be upgrading? Will you stay with your current operating system? Are you sick of seeing a new OS every 18 months? Comments below please.

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