Windows 10 – Return of the Magnificent 7

So the big news flooding the web these days is the announcement from Microsoft of a new version of Windows – the longed for replacement to the much maligned Windows 8, expected to be Windows 9 has been passed over in favor of Windows 10! While this news may come as a shock to many people, the apparently time travel capable Infoworld called it way back on April 1st, 2013 (proof here) – an April Fools joke come true!

The Return of the 7
So what’s new in Windows 910? Well one of the most talked about features in Windows 10 is the Start button/menu.

Now you may be thinking you’ve seen that before somewhere and you’d be right of course, it is very popular with fans of Windows 7 (true it existed since Windows 95 but that would ruin my catchy title), but somehow, perhaps due to a forgetful designer, it was omitted from the Windows 8 interface. This naturally caused a fair degree of confusion and general annoyance as people couldn’t figure out how to start an app or find anything, some resorting to speaking into their mouse, with varying degrees of success. Enlightenment frequently came by way of a cat or toddler bashing the screen with paws or mucky fingers. Now this being a whole new version of Windows, the Start menu did actually get a makeover and so it comes with some fancy metro tile things as well as the traditional menu, so you get the best (or worst?) of both worlds.

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Another new feature is what they call Multiple Desktops – in other words virtual desktops. You may well have seen this before also as such things have existed for many years (decades even?) in Unix/Linux systems so it’s about time Windows caught up there! Additionally there’s a snazzy new Task View so you can quickly switch between open files and your virtual desktops.

Also in Win10 is the ability to run Metro apps on the desktop in a window instead of full screen so that they will actually be more usable and in fact everything runs in a window now which is what one would expect for an OS called Windows.

There are of course plenty of interface tweaks and no doubt there will be more features to explore when the big day finally arrives, speaking of which, that day is said to be some time in 2015 and I suspect it will probably be later rather than sooner.

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Lazy Coders
Now the big question is: why? Why is it called Windows 10 instead of the expected Windows 9? There are many rumors circulating, April Fools jokes not withstanding, but one possibly plausible explanation was posted on Reddit by a user claiming to be a Microsoft developer (that may or may not be true) who said the reason is due to basically lazy coding by 3rd party developers (ie. not by Microsoft devs such as himself), who saved a line of code in compatibility checks by lumping Windows 95 and 98 together as just “9”.

The offending lazy code looks something like this:

if(version.StartsWith("Windows 9"))
{ /* 95 and 98 */
} else {

This of course now presents a problem with Windows 9 which is very likely not very compatible with 95/98 as far as 3rd party apps goes. As mentioned, this is one of those rare occasions where we can’t actually blame Microsoft as the issue lies with software made by other unrelated companies.

None of this has been officially confirmed by Microsoft though, perhaps they just liked the number 10 or had some other secret reason, one day maybe the truth will come out.

So is Windows 10 simply a more magnificent version of 7? We can and perhaps should pretend that Windows 8 never happened and Windows 9 actually never happened so 10 is in a way, the new 7 and come to think of it, Satya Nadella does bear a passing resemblance to Yul Brynner!

Satya Brynner

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