Unless cooler heads prevail, next year will see the release of Windows 10. This should be the next “good” version of Windows if you believe the theory that every other release doesn’t, well, suck.
A lot of attention has been given to Microsoft’s jumping from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, skipping over Windows 9. Apparently anyone who has the most basic education understands that you count: 1, 2, 3, 3.1, 95, 98, 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and….
As you can see, Windows hasn’t followed a strict series of version numbers, but rather something more like a series of best-guess-at-the-moment product names. As befits a consumer product, the names have more of a “hold your finger up in the wind and see what flies” than a disciplined numeric sequence.
And in that spirit, I praise Microsoft for not following the leaden logic of “Windows 9” — but, “Windows 10”, really?
A few tech-wags have compared the jump to a desire for parity with the Mac’s OSX, despite the utter rarity of anyone thinking about that as version 10 of the MacOS. And, even if you accept that dubious theory, wasn’t there a better choice for Microsoft?
Given its deep pockets and need for some sort of cache for its aging franchise, clearly Microsoft should have labelled the new Windows as Windows 11. Just imagine the ads touting, “This one goes to 11” and the Spinal Tap tie-ins. Not petty on the part of Microsoft, but the best kind of pop culture jab saying, “Sorry folks, nothing to see here, just move on,” in terms of versioning.
Of course, it’ not too late yet. So, who knows?