There were rumors about the decision made by Microsoft to omit Windows 9 after the last Windows 8 version. But that didn’t mean that you have missed a big update, so you don’t have to fret so much about it.

Even if you search Windows 9 from your Web browser, you wouldn’t find one. However, you might have noticed instead that this would refer to a series of Microsoft Windows OS produced between 1995 and 2000.

The said series was based on the Windows 95 kernel with its underlying foundation of MS-DOS in which both got updates in succeeding versions. Such would include all versions of Windows 95, 98, and sometimes Windows ME (Millennium Edition).

In 1998, Windows composed 82% of the OS market share in which Windows 9X was predominantly known for its usage in desktops. The final version of Windows 9X was Windows ME that was released in September 2000.

There was also a warning that downloading Windows 9 from your Internet browser can lead to the infection of your computer with a particular virus. This would masquerade as an update stating that it is a rare Windows version that only a few users can install.

If you have downloaded the file, it is best to scan your computer or the drive where you saved it. Likewise, it is important to turn the virus protection software on all the time to prevent the virus from infecting your computer and completely removing the malware.

Other people have their own side of the story, which has been based on speculations. But, Microsoft has no plans to release Windows 9, which led them to go to Windows 10 from Windows version 8.1. Moreover, there is no official word from Microsoft about their decision to skip Windows 9. Here are some of the theories that surround speculations why the Windows version was omitted.

  • Microsoft Marketing may have sounded better to call it Windows 10 instead of Windows 9.
  • The Japanese word for nine may have sounded familiar with the word “distress” or “pain”.
  • Windows 9 would seem inferior to the operating system of Apple 10 or OS X.
  • A program or app may detect Windows 9 to be the old Windows 95, 98, 9X or Windows ME (Millennium Edition).

During the launching of the Windows 10 operating system, a few clues were released anyway. It was stated that the coming product was going to have a different approach overall. Thus, it was considered inappropriate to call it Windows 9. It might be a good way to distance itself from Windows 8, which Microsoft wants to forget, just like what it did with Vista when it decided to name its successor Windows 7.

Perhaps it is also similar to what Apple OS X did to its operating system, instead of naming it iOS 10 after iOS 7, 8, or 9. Well, for the most part, Windows 10 has been called that because Microsoft said so, even if Windows 9 would have made more sense.

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