Did Microsoft really skip from Windows 8 straight to Windows 10?
Microsoft Windows 8 came after Windows 7, so it was safe to expect the next release to be Windows 9, but that didn’t happen. Microsoft made a huge leap directly to Windows 10. What’s the deal with that?
Yes, Windows 9 was simply skipped. What is now known as Windows 10 was originally referred to as Threshold as the code name. When you read through the rest of this article, you will understand why this name.
So for starters, one thing is clear: we did not miss the release of a major Windows version, version number 9, it simply never happened.
Let’s find out why this decision was made and what it may mean for future Windows updates. If you’ve ever seen a download named “Windows 9”, read on to find out what it might be and why you should avoid it.
Why Was Windows 9 Skipped by Microsoft?
Back in 2014, when Microsoft first announced that the next operating system version would be Windows 10, online reporters explained it by the company’s decision to make the upcoming Windows version the last major version to be released. The rumor was that Microsoft had plans to release regular minor updates to Windows 10 from then on, instead of waiting a few years and releasing a major update in the form of an entirely new Windows version. Windows 10 was reported to be designed to work on various devices with different screen sizes and the user interface adaptable to those devices.
When Windows 10 was later released, the rumors got confirmed. Windows 10 will be getting updates much more frequently, and those updates should effectively eliminate the need to release a new major version. This means we may never see a Windows 11 or 12, just an ever-evolving Windows 10. Doesn’t this sound great?
Should you download Windows 9?
It should be clear by now that there wasn’t a version 9 released by Microsoft. So what are those files you might come across on the web that have the “Windows 9” name? Some of them may be offered as a free software download, as “software of the day” on various fake software giveaway sites and so on.
Those files are most likely malicious programs (malware or viruses) whose only purpose is to infect your PC. They may be advertised as a rare version of Windows or an update to Windows 8, but they are most likely released by criminals wanting to steal your data or your identity.
Did you already download a file named “Windows 9”? Launch a full antivirus scan right away, followed by a comprehensive anti-malware scan. Chances are the file won’t install any Windows version, but having it on your computer may lead to all kinds of problems.
In short, if you see anything named “Windows 9”, don’t touch it.
Keeping Your Windows Updated
Now that you know that there is no Windows 9 released by Microsoft, one last thing we need to tell you is the best way to ensure your Windows is up to date. That way is by using the Windows Update feature in whatever Windows version you have installed on your computer. Microsoft releases security patches, bug fixes and other important upgrades or additions to your Windows through the Update feature. You can find this functionality through the Control Panel on your Windows computer.
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