New Windows math: 7, 8, 10. Forget about 9.

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New Windows math: 7, 8, 10. Forget about 9.

By Al Fasoldt
Copyright © 2014, Al Fasoldt
Copyright © 2014, The Post-Standard

Microsoft wants you to forget Windows 8 ever existed. In fact, it can't wait to get the next version of Windows, a vast improvement over Windows 8, onto your computer.

Expect the next version sometime next summer.


Except for a little thing having to do with counting. Microsoft is so embarrassed about Windows 8 that it wants to strike the number 8 from its lexicon. No more "8" anything.

No more "9" anything either.

That's right. The next version will be Windows 10. Goodbye, 8. Stay away, 9.

I realize you might think I'm kidding. I'm not. Microsoft has a lot of talented people. Unfortunately, they're not the ones in charge.

This is silly, of course. Foolish, in an emperor's-new-clothes way. Dumb. I know how to count and you do. Windows 8 will always be remembered as the Flintstones operating system.

Windows 8 has two terrible features: It's lousy when used with a tablet and mind-numbing when used with a PC.

Add 2 to 8 and you get 10.

Sorry, Microsoft. There is no escape.

I have a much better idea. I remember stealing a pack of gum when I was a kid. My dad heard about it and told me I had only one thing to do: Go back to the store and give the guy behind the counter his money. And, of course, tell him why I was doing that. And apologize.

So I did.

Back to Microsoft. The next version should be called Windows Sorry.

Tell it like it is.