Microsoft skips Windows 9, jumps straight to Windows 10


Well, it's official folks, Microsoft has officially introduced its new version of Windows, but guess what - this isn't Windows 9 that we're talking about. Don't worry, though, we aren't dealing with some form of a spin-off or an enterprise-centric version - it'll be a full-blown Windows alright. You see, we were all expecting Microsoft to reveal Windows 9 at its event in San Francisco today, but what we got instead is... drum roll, please... Windows 10!

We ain't joking - it appears Microsoft is so proud of the work it's done on the new Windows, that it's willing to give it a bigger name, something that will reflect the new beginning of sorts. Of course, all the meaningful leaks we've seen about Windows 9 thus far remain valid, including the metrofied Start Menu and a refocus on the desktop environment. Stay tuned for more details, as Microsoft reveals more about the upcoming Windows 10, which, by the way, is scheduled for release in 2015.

image courtesy of The Verge

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29 Comments

1. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

In spite of that you killed Nokia, wish you good luck MS

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7601; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Maybe Microsoft can skip some more numbers. Maybe this mentality will help them with their perception problem. Hey maybe if Microsoft skips to 100, then everyone will think that with a 100 numbers under its belt that it should be really good by now. Right?

27. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

So, THAT's why the upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 9 was said to be free. There is no upgrade.

25. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Good luck is what they will need, because good design or good platform unification strategy they do not have. Lots of luck...

28. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Nokia isn't dead, those who worked on Nokia Lumias are still the ones working on future Lumias, only thing that has been changed is the name.

29. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

No they aren't, as Microsoft has just laid off 18000 workers, of which 12500 are from Nokia.http://www.zdnet.com/round-two-of-microsoft-layoffs-coming-september-18-sources-7000033745/

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I just read this elsewhere, glad I didnt have to sign up to comment.....lazy...lol. From another site: "Microsoft's Terry Myserson is quoted as saying the new Windows has been built from the ground up for a mobile first, cloud first world." This worries me about current desktop Windows users and WP users. Didnt WP just get kinda built from the ground with WP8? Some WP folks always talk about the new kernel in WP8. So what does this mean....an even newer one?

3. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

excellent microsoft is best tech company in the world

17. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Nokia was best. MS is just a nasty shill these days.

22. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

100% agree

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

MS can't count to 10 for crap. lol.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I don't know, I was always taught that it went "...7, 8, 8.1, 10."

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

And I was always taught that it went "...1, 360, 1..."

20. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Wrong, it's "...1, 360, One..." See, "One" has to be spelled out.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, you beat me to the comment. I guess they really wanted to distance themselves from Windows 8 fast. ... Now I have to go look for some sort of presentation so I can see what the OS is all about.... sadly, it looks like they're keeping the Windows 8 interface. I'm personally not a fan of tiles.

16. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Well, they're keeping it and not keeping it. You see, when you're on a PC with a mouse and keyboard you get the regular, Windows 7 start menu, with a space on the right to add live tiles to your likings. But when you use a touch screen device, like tablets, the start menu is replaced with a "full screen start menu" AKA "Modern UI" with a back button placed on the task bar. Take a look here: http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-global/dims3/GLOB/resize/600x400/http://www.blogcdn.com/slideshows/images/slides/298/080/2/S2980802/slug/l/p1010179-1.jpghttp://o.aolcdn.com/dims-global/dims3/GLOB/resize/600x400/http://www.blogcdn.com/slideshows/images/slides/298/079/5/S2980795/slug/l/p1010195-1.jpg

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Thanks for the effort in providing the links. I'll probably have to work with the OS at my job anyway so I'm sure I'll end up getting some exposure. But I'm still not a fan of tiles, even if it's only taking up minimal space on a traditional start menu. I happened to check out a video of the OS in action and it looks leaps and bounds better than Windows 8.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Any news on the free update for Windows 8 users?...

12. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

They said they still have to talk about pricing and will know more at build conference in April.

6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

7, 8 and... 10? Well, shoot.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"We're building a platform that scales, from small devices all the way up to Azure." I hope Google has patents on Fragments..... Will be interesting to see which OS scales better Windows 10 or Android... From pics I saw its interesting the mix of WP UI on non touch devices running Win 7. As long as the UI isnt forced and easily changeable this will be nice for the desktop. I'm still on 7, no desire to upgrade anytime soon. So glad I skipped 8 now.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Awesome!! Can't wait :-)

11. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Windows X?

13. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

The technical preview is available tomorrow. I like what I saw for desktop users. Going to install the preview and ditch windows 8.1.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

hmm... I guess Windows 7 "ate" 9... :P ok, I know I'm a dork.

19. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Because number 10 sounds nicer. *uhh*

23. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

And I'm just here not having any problems and getting my work done on my Windows 7. I never liked the "metro" interface on a desktop. It doesn't feel right.

24. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Hmm ...

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Thank goodness they brought back the start button. Getting sick and tired of my WINDOWS 8 here.

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