Windows 10 — I’m just not sure anymore

Microsoft took some time this week to show off an early version of its next flagship operating system — Windows 10. Right, 10. You know — the number that comes after 8.

All jokes aside, Redditors are calling out an even better reason as to why ‘9’ may have been skipped:

Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form:

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

and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.

Too good. Anyways, back to what Windows 10 actually is. Some linkage:

If you read the links, you’ll see that it appears Windows is taking a step back. It’s taking the good things of Windows 8 (or 8.1) and trying to stuff them into Windows 7 — a more¬†strictly standard desktop OS that most of the world already used and knew.

It’s probably best for Microsoft’s current customers, but does little to convince anyone moving forward that its product is where you should invest your time. I wonder how sudden the desktop OS crash of Microsoft will hit, and who will deliver that ultimate blow (maybe a combined punch of Apple and Google’s Chrome OS?).

For me, I already have limited use of Windows. That use consists of a sole desktop that serves as a server/backup machine. I haven’t installed Office on a computer in years, as all my work is done in Google Docs. And I tend to keep Microsoft off my OSX installs.

I like the thought of Microsoft doing unique things, but that just doesn’t seem like it will really happen anymore. What a shame.

ComiXology and DRM-free backups

Welcomed news out of San Diego from ComiXology — the company’s first bit of good news since being purchased by Amazon. The top comics-purchasing platform will now allow DRM-free backups of¬†some of the comics you purchase.

This is great on many levels. I very much enjoy buying digital comics. I get to read and contribute to my favorite creators without having to build up a huge stash of comics that I may never open again. My only problem thus far has been that I never actually owned those files, as with any other DRM setup. That, of course, makes no sense.

Thankfully, ComiXology is giving that options to publishers. So far, these are on board:

  • Top Shelf
  • Image Comics
  • Dynamite
  • Monkeybrain
  • Zenescope
  • Thrillbent

We’re waiting on you, Marvel and DC.