Microsoft surprised many of us by announcing Windows 10 as its next operating system. It is however not the only jump in the number related to Windows 10, as the forthcoming operating system will have a new kernel number as well. The Redmond-based company mentioned on its blog that it has changed kernel number from 6.4 to 10. In addition to the operating system moniker Windows XP, Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10, Microsoft also maintains another numbering convention for the Windows NT family. Windows 7, for instance shipped with kernel number 6.1, while the Windows 8.1 has kernel number 6.3. The earlier version of Technical Preview of Windows 10, on the other hand, has a kernel number 6.4. Also Read - How to disable Cortana on Windows 10 PC in a few simple stepsAlso Read - Xbox Game Pass: List of games coming to consoles in July, big games releasing next month
The kernel change was first announced by Microsoft on its MSDN forum. While users are not likely to notice any difference, this change in the kernel number will affect legacy Windows applications running on the new operating system. Developers preparing for Windows 10 should note that the Windows NT value in the UA string will change from 6.4 to 10.0 with the new release. If you have code that depends on the version number, we advise that you update to allow for the new value, the company wrote.
This will be the first time since Windows Vista that the company would make such a large numbering jump. But even in that case of Vista, the jump wasn t as big. It s hard to understand why the company skipped kernel version 7, 8 and 9. According to a rumor, Microsoft is working on a kernel named OneCore, which would be the one core for all of its products.