By now I'm sure you know that the next version of Windows is called Windows 10, and that I'm excited about it. Click here for full details on Windows 10's features, release date and more.
However, it was a bit of a shock at first when Microsoft jumped from Windows 8.1 to 10. Why did it skip Windows 9? There were a few theories.
One popular theory was that it didn't want older software to confuse Windows 9 with Windows 95 or 98. That seems little unlikely, but a lot of people still believe it.
Microsoft said it skipped Windows 9 because it wanted to show how big of shift Windows 10 is from past versions and the way the company does things. Considering some of 10's features, including a completely new browser to replace Internet Explorer, that makes sense. And given Microsoft's bombshell announcement I'll talk about at the end, this is even more the case.
However, could there be another hidden reason? One eagle-eyed developer might have figured it out.
At Microsoft's Build conference last week, Microsoft employees were wearing blue shirts that had the Windows logo filled with binary code. Here it is on Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, the guy in charge of Windows.
Developer Kevin Gosse decided to see what the binary code said. It turns out each windows "pane" is its own message. Here's what they say:
1. "There are 10 types of people in the world."
The rest of the joke, as any geek would know, is "Those who understand binary and those who don't." In binary code, 10 is equal to 2.
2. "Windows 10, because 7 8 9."
If you've been around little kids at all, you know this is a variation on the joke, "Why was 6 afraid of 7?" I think this is a clever twist.
3. "Congrats on being one of the first."
Obviously, Microsoft knew that someone in the audience would get curious and figure this out.
4. "Windows Insiders help us develop the future. Talk to us @ Windows."
And, naturally, finish it up with a little marketing. Still, it's nice to know that people at Microsoft have a sense of humor, and that they can poke a little fun at themselves.
Earlier, I mentioned a bombshell announcement Microsoft just made, and here it is.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 is going to be the last version of Windows. Yes, you read that right.
Now, Windows will still be around and Microsoft will still be updating it. However, the updates will roll out more regularly and as needed. The days of a whole new operating system being released every three to five years could be over.
In other words, if Microsoft sticks to this, we should never see a Windows 11. So, it makes sense Microsoft would want the last version of Windows to be 10 rather than 9.
Oh, and if this sounds familiar, Apple did this back in 2001 when it released OSX (i.e. version 10) and started updating it every year with point releases (10.1, 10.2, etc.). It will be interesting to see if Microsoft follows the same pattern or does something else.