Looking Forward to Windows 10

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After spending my workdays dealing with software and computers, the last thing I want to do is sit down in front of my own home PC. Sometimes I just need a break! But, alas, it’s unavoidable: downloading and sharing pictures of my kids, printing stuff for my kindergarten-teacher wife as she gears up for the upcoming school year, and online banking all force me to use my desktop.

Recently, I realized that I haven’t done a backup of critical files for a while. Backups are something I check for routinely when working on Spitfire client sites. How embarrassing that I hadn’t kept up with my own professional advice and ensured backups of my files!

To my chagrin, a backup was no easy task as the DVD-RW drive wasn’t even able to read discs, let alone write to them. With limited time and after a few failed attempts at troubleshooting, I abandoned this path and backed up to an external hard drive.

I couldn’t help but wonder what had gone wrong with my trusty machine. Maybe it was time to consider a new machine. After all, it is over 8 years old (way past the average lifespan) and is still running the bullet-proof Windows XP. Yes, I said Windows XP. Maybe now’s the time to consider new hardware and a modern operating system like Windows 8 or the cutting edge Windows 9 Windows 10!

I was now fixated and amused at Microsoft’s latest Windows versioning anomaly. Windows version naming has an odd history. Windows started with 1, 2, and 3 then switched to year of release with 95, 98 and 2000, then changed to names with ME, XP, and Vista, then back to numbers again with 7 and 8. Surely they know how to count. Windows 9 should be next. What happened to Windows 9?? Scouring the ‘net turned up quite a few entertaining rumors and conspiracy theories:

  • Third party legacy apps routinely checked for the OS version it was running on by seeing if it started with 9; this code would now confuse the new version with older Windows 95 or 98.
  • There is Xbox One, OneDrive and OneNote, but Windows 1 was already used so 10 was the next best option.
  • Why not Windows X instead of 10? Then there could be Windows Y and Windows Z and oops! No more letters…
  • Like the childhood joke, they skipped Windows 9 because seven ate nine.
  • Number 9 is considered unlucky in Japan. Microsoft skipped Windows 9 to avoid any acceptance issues in this large market.
  • They don’t want the next version to be associated in any way with the unpopular Windows 8, so they skipped a number to distance themselves.

Regardless of when I do decide to retire my XP machine, the next device will have Windows 10. It was officially released last week and has a slew of features that will set it apart from the Windows 8 path and back on the Windows 7 track that received much better acceptance.

I look forward to getting acquainted with this new OS version soon and then testing our Spitfire Project Management System on it. After all, my home computer may be out-of-date, but we always ensure that our current software works on the newest Windows OS.

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Steve Stouber is Spitfire's top support analyst, helping all clients with their issues, big and small, and getting new clients up and running smoothly. His postings on this site are all his own and do not necessarily represent Spitfire's positions, strategies or opinions.

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