win10What happened to Windows 9?

On September 30, 2014 Microsoft announced the next version of it’s operating system, Windows 10. Most of you are still using Windows 7. A few are using its predecessor, Windows XP (and shouldn’t be). Very few businesses are using the newest version – Windows 8.

It won’t come as a shock to most people that Windows 8 has been a flop. And it had nothing to do with its capabilities or functionality. It’s mostly because it was drastically different from previous versions and had a learning curve that people resisted — no start button, no moving and resizing applications into “windows”, introduction of “charms” and so much more.

Microsoft’s strategy was to make a bold statement and get past Windows 8, so they are skipping Windows 9 and expressing a fresh, new start with Windows 10. And from what I’ve seen it looks really good.

First and foremost, the start button is back. The good features in Windows 7 are back too. The command prompt (DOS box) has been enhanced. Windows 10 will run on all kinds of devices from desktops to laptops to tablets to phones.

The burning questions for most is WHEN will it be coming out. Looks like the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2015.

So to summarize, Windows 8 has officially flopped. Windows 9 will never be released. Windows 10 looks good. If you’re now on Windows 7 stay on it for another year. If you’re still on Windows XP, change to Windows 7 ASAP.