Skipping Windows 9: A technical reason?


Yesterday’s post talked about Windows 10 and the various lists that came from it, but the best article followed a day later by CNet asking if Windows 9 was skipped due to technical compatibility reasons.

It’s just plausible enough to be believable, although Microsoft will swear up and down it wasn’t to avoid compatibility issues with software coded to detect Windows 9x for 95 and 98, which might then loop in Windows 9 into that bucket and cause all sorts of mayhem, given the codebases are more than 15 years apart. It’s a fun rumor, one that likely won’t ever get proven right or wrong, but will make for fun technical lore.

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