Check out this link: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki/insider_wintp-insider_install/frequently-asked-questions-windows-10/5c0b9368-a9e8-4238-b1e4-45f4b7ed2fb9

And an excerpt from above link:

What happened to Windows 9?

There was never a Windows 9, Microsoft skipped this number and went to 10 instead. Company officials decided to choose 10 because they believe this release is a 'Perfect 10' and to also signify this is the last major release of Windows.

What does it mean by 'last major release of Windows'?

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Reading through the page, I came to the answer:

Are you saying there will be no more versions of Windows after Windows 10?

Microsoft is moving Windows to a servicing model with Windows 10. The days of major revisions or what are called big bang releases are no more. As Microsoft Program Manager for Windows Terry Myerson described it:

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge. With Windows 10, the experience will evolve and get even better over time. We’ll deliver new features when they’re ready, not waiting for the next major release. We think of Windows as a Service – in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet services on the planet.

And just like any Internet service, the idea of asking "What version are you on?" will cease to make sense – which is great news for our Windows developers.

Source: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/21/the-next-generation-of-windows-windows-10/

Pretty interesting.

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    Indeed. Both exciting and a little scary! However, taking from experience with Office 365 I'd take this with a pinch of salt. I've no doubt this is the current intent but whether it survives more than a few years - who knows? It is certainly a very welcome development. Expect to see licensing changing shortly as well. ;) Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 8:07
  • @JulianKnight: I agree with you completely. Gotta wait and see whether this stands the test of time.
    – Karan
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 8:39
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    "keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device", sounds like apple to me, when they get tired of supporting 3-5 year old hardware you have to buy another PC to keep a current version of W10. Microsoft will determine just how "old" your hardware is. Doesn't excite me at all.
    – Moab
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 13:52

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