Office 2016 for Mac is finally coming (partially) …

Microsoft has finally announced its *preview* version of Office 2016 for Mac. Remember the latest major version for Mac is still 2011; meanwhile, Windows has received two major version updates in the past five years… I almost believed Mac users had been forgotten by Microsoft.

There is a noticeable change on the naming convention: from previous Office for Mac [year] to Office [year] for Mac. It may be a sign that future Office releases are going to be synchronized on all platforms.

Go http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/05/office-2016-mac-preview/ and have a try!

From the name of Windows 10 to crappy software code

There is a rumor on the reason that Microsoft used the name Windows 10 instead of Windows 9: some lazy programmers used to use something like “osName.startsWith(“Windows 9″)” to determine if the current system is Windows 9x (for both Windows 95 and 98). If the new Windows was named after 9, such legacy software would be broken.

Here is a Reddit post discussing the rumor: http://redd.it/2i14ny, funny to read.

It seems that some programming frameworks, such as Java runtime libraries, do provide an easy way to determine OS versions, instead of the Windows API GetVersionEx returning some version numbers. In Java, one can use “System.getProperty(“os.name”)” to get a real OS product name represented in strings, and try doing “startsWith(“Windows 9″)” effectively leading to crappy problems in future.

Regardless of the truth of this rumor, programmers shall never make improper assumptions when writing their code: if you want Windows 98, then use “Windows 98”, and never assume that Microsoft will not announce a new Windows called “Windows 9-is-back”.

Windows 10: April Fool’s Joke Became True

Last year, there was an April Fool’s story saying that Microsoft decided to skip Windows 9, and jumped to Windows 10 directly (see here).

Today, Microsoft announced Windows 10… Facts are sometimes stranger than fictions, indeed.

[2014/09/30 2:00PM] The Windows 10 event is still running. Follow http://live.theverge.com/microsoft-windows-9-event-live-blog/.