The reason why Microsoft avoided the number 9 on their recent Windows release!

There’s a clear reason why Microsoft avoided the number 9 on their recent Windows release.

Most people are not aware of this fact.

From the Wikipedia

Windows 9x is a generic term referring to a series of Microsoft Windows computer operating systems produced from 1995 to 2000, which were based on the Windows 95 kernel and its underlying foundation of MS-DOS, both of which were updated in subsequent versions. This includes all versions of Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me.


That clearly states, Microsoft avoided the number 9 to avoid confusion between the legacy Windows series and the new Windows releases. I wonder why almost nobody thought about this!

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Disclaimer: I put forward this theory based on my research and experiences. There’s no proof that this’s the sole reason out there unless of course Microsoft release an official statement.


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MICROSOFT.COM is blocked in IDEA network! Or is it just another DNS hitch?

Before applying OpenDNS and using IDEA’s own DNS.

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Before applying OpenDNS

Before applying OpenDNS

After applying OpenDNS

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After applying OpenDNS

After applying OpenDNS

UPDATE 1: After interacting with IDEA customer care in the GPRS section, they’re still insisting that they don’t notice any problems in their network! It seems they don’t have any idea about what is DNS. 😀

Two weeks before, I interacted with them enquiring about the slowdown in their IDEA 3G Network. To my wonder, the customer care representatives in the GPRS section don’t have any basic idea of PING! 😮 And they’re telling me some other useless things, like clearing cache, clearing cookies, clearing histories, clearing out ‘TEMP’ directory, restarting the system etc.

For all those who still insist that clearing out ‘TEMP’, caches, histories etc. speed up the browsing, read this article:

If you read that article, you now know the truth. Clearing out ‘TEMP’ directory, caches, cookies, histories etc., DOESN’T speed up the browsing. It’s actually a myth. If you’re not still convinced and instead doubting the credibility of the website ‘’, well, check this Wikipedia page: is one of the highly professional websites which IT professionals seek out information.

UPDATE 2: Now they’ve solved the DNS problem. is now resolving correctly.

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