Windows 9! er... 10...?

Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby uebermann » Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:38 pm

Everyone's been talking about Windows 9 - except now its not Windows 9, its Windows 10. I am going to need to see the explanation on why the skipping of 9 was necessary or what the 10 represents...

http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-jumps-to-windows-10/


Rumors have it that it will be free for Win8 customers via an update.

Microsoft is confident that users won't be confused about the jump from 8 to 10. I think they greatly overestimate the thinking power of most of their users heh.
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby Mr.Bill » Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:57 pm

Yeah, the free upgrade from 8 to 9 rumor has been around for a couple of months.

Anyway if they want Win 8 to quickly go away and they want Win 8 users to dump 8 then keeping the Win 9 name makes more sense, IMO. If a user is going to upgrade from 8 going in numerlogical order should make more sense.. Yes?

I mean the average not very savy computer user would understand he can upgrade from 8 to 9 more easily than upgrading from 8 to 10.. Or maybe I'm over thinking this...
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby uebermann » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:00 pm

Its a stupid change. But MS hasn't really been known for their ability to "keep in touch" with consumers when it comes to this kind of thing.

Does it really mean much? No, but the change from 8 to 9 is a very dumb move because its just going to confuse people. If they were going to do a naming change, go all out. Windows 2014 or something. Windows 10 just seems like an arbitrary number. But yes, I get what they are trying to do here with the whole 10 thing. Just don't think its going go over as well as they are expecting.
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby Spider » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:14 pm

Maybe 8.1=9?

MS is bad at math.

Some marketing guy in a power tie with $20K worth of fake teeth probably thought 10 sounded nicer than 9. Can't imagine any other explanation. Or maybe they want additional distance from 8? Is 8 a tainted number now?
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby uebermann » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:44 pm

Spider wrote:Maybe 8.1=9?

MS is bad at math.

Some marketing guy in a power tie with $20K worth of fake teeth probably thought 10 sounded nicer than 9. Can't imagine any other explanation. Or maybe they want additional distance from 8? Is 8 a tainted number now?


No you're right about them wanting to distance themselves from 8 for sure. In fact, I think they have even said as much today. Basically, "This new OS is soooo vastly different and improved, its leaps and bounds from 8. So we're going to 10! Thats how much better it is."

Or something along those lines.

I'm not going to poo on Win10 yet. I will likely try it out as I did with 8. But the name jump and the reason for it is just sheer stupidity.
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby Philly » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:23 pm

Windows has never been strictly about numerical order. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, and eventually they went back to counting up one at a time. So skipping 9 is rather minor compared to past transgressions.
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby uebermann » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:40 pm

Philly2 wrote:Windows has never been strictly about numerical order. Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, and eventually they went back to counting up one at a time. So skipping 9 is rather minor compared to past transgressions.


Windows 95 came out in...1995

Windows 98 came out in...1998

Windows 2000 came out in...2000

Those names made sense.

Windows ME, XP, and Vista I'll give you , though ME is questionable as it was Millennium Edition and came out in 2000.

Windows 7 because it was the 7th home OS release since Win 95 (if I remember correctly)

Windows 8 because it came after 7

Then 10. Which has no association with it at all heh.
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby Philly » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:42 pm

Yeah I think you're probably right that they are just skipping a number to distance themselves from 8, but the point is that like XP and Vista, it's all about branding and not about any logical order. I know 98 and 2000 correspond with the year they came out but that still doesn't make sense when previously they had been counting up from 1.
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby Mr.Bill » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:57 pm

Before XP all the Win OS's did have a name for a reason(years of release), as Uber pointed out.. Which made sense..

But I think when MS went away from using years as names and named their OS XP, it threw MS totally off track on naming all post-XP OS's.. lol.. Because from XP on, the names have been helter-skelter, and all over the place.
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Re: Windows 9! er... 10...?

Postby uebermann » Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:11 pm

Well its the same people that came up with the XBox One name I'm sure. That name didn't really make any sense either and a lot of people pointed that out. I don't know that it hurt sales any, but its just weird the way they do their naming on products at times. It makes one scratch the head.
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