Microsoft has conventionally followed stable version numbers with their Windows operating systems, such as Windows 7, then Windows 8, and then Windows 10. But surprisingly, they skipped Windows 9; Microsoft decided not to bring Windows 9 as a successor to Windows 8. They came with Windows 10, which has become the most common version of Windows these days.
So, don’t worry; you didn’t miss a significant Windows update. You are not required to download “Windows 9,” nor are you required to comprehend the reasons behind Microsoft’s omission.
However, continue reading to learn more about the name change’s reasoning and why you’d be best off avoiding installing anything with the moniker “Windows 9.”
A Significant Diversion from 8, “Windows One” Was Not Available
Microsoft referred to Windows 10 as “Threshold” while still developing, taking its name from a planet in the fictitious Halo universe. In the meantime, it was believed by the media that Windows 9 would be the name of the upcoming big release. However, Microsoft shocked everyone on September 30, 2014, by releasing “Windows 10” in its place. The primary cause was Windows 8, the prior major release of the operating system.
Although revolutionary, Windows 8 did not meet with much success. It was widely considered a humiliating failure by Microsoft. In response to criticism that Windows 8 wasn’t a perfect release, Windows 8.1 was released in 2013 and rectified some (but not all) of its most controversial aspects.
The company intended to demonstrate that Threshold was more than just an improvement or a continuation of the controversial technology present in Windows 8 by dubbing it “Windows 10.” Windows 10 would represent a huge version update and a fresh start. Additionally, Microsoft intended Threshold to be a “wave” of operating systems that would cover desktops, tablets, Windows Phone, and Xbox One while perfectly customizing the user interface for each device.
It’s interesting to note that Microsoft hasn’t said much publicly about eschewing Windows 9 yet. Since the video is now inaccessible, we can only go on what Windows Chief Terry Myerson said at the 2014 Windows 10 launch event, as reported by experts: We are aware of how different our approach will be overall based on the product that is on the way, the man said. “Calling it Windows 9 wouldn’t be appropriate.”
The existence of Windows 1.0 may have prevented the company from naming the version “Windows One,” as Myerson provided another hint (way back in 1985). Myerson reportedly said that OneNote, OneDrive, and Xbox One would make sense with Windows One, but “sadly, Windows 1 has been done by the titans that came before us.”
So why not add a zero and call it Windows 10 if Windows One was already taken, as we hypothesize? Since there are no clear-cut logical guidelines for naming items in the marketing industry, this explanation seems the best.
Why Ignored Windows 9 by Microsoft?
Reporter Mary Jo Foley, who frequently covers Microsoft, provided the following explanation in a column she published on September 30, 2014, the day of the Windows 10 launch:
Microsoft chose Windows 10 instead to emphasize that the upcoming version would be the final “major” update. Instead of releasing new major updates years apart, Microsoft intends to make frequent, more minor updates to the Windows 10 core going the future. The codebase of Windows 10 will be the same across all screen sizes, and the UI will be designed to function on those devices.
This hypothesis—that Windows will be updated considerably more frequently—was later supported by information regarding Windows 10. However, this does not imply that later releases of Windows are no longer viable; Windows 11 is a prime example of this.
Others have put out alternative explanations, such as the belief that 9 is an unlucky number, the fact that it’s too near to 10, which doesn’t sound as good as 9, is a marketing ploy, or the fact that Windows 8.1 was initially intended to be called Windows 9 but wasn’t for whatever reason.
Windows 9 should not be downloaded!
Microsoft did not release “Windows 9” as a version of Windows, and we doubt they ever will. This implies that you should remember that there isn’t a “download Windows 9” link or a guide for updating to Windows 9 online.
Any download for Windows 9 is likely merely a virus-infestation effort, disguising itself as a Windows update or a “unique Windows version” that only certain users are permitted to install. Alternatively, the download may have been misnamed by the person sharing it, although that’s doubtful.
Advice: Scan your hard disc immediately if you’ve already downloaded malware that pretends to be Windows 9. Your computer should already have an always-on virus protection program installed, which should be sufficient to eradicate the malware. However, if you’re being extra careful or don’t have one installed, you should check your computer for malware.
Update Resources for Windows
Despite the absence of Windows 9, Windows Update can keep other versions of Windows, such as Windows 11 and 10, updated and bug-free.