This might be why Windows 10 isn't called Windows 9


— 5:05 PM on October 1, 2014

We were all pretty surprised when Microsoft announced the name of its new OS yesterday. The company justified the name choice by saying Windows 10 represents too great a leap over Windows 8 to be called anything else. However, a Redditor who claims to work for Microsoft has suggested another explanation:

Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form

if(version.StartsWith("Windows 9"))
	{ /* 95 and 98 */
	} else {

and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.

This seemed suspect to me, since internally, Windows version numbers are a long way from 9 still. However, a couple of searchcode lookups linked by another Redditor suggest some software does use the method above to look up Windows 95 and 98.

So, yeah. Microsoft's name choice might have been more of a pragmatic move than a marketing stunt. Funny.

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