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Microsoft has finally taken the wraps off its shiny new operating system. It’s not Windows 9 What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized In a few weeks, Microsoft will release its first official preview of Windows 9, code-named Threshold. Let's see whether this new Windows incarnation could meet your needs. Read More , as was expected, with Microsoft instead choosing to name its next OS Windows 10 for entirely inexplicable reasons. So, with Windows 10 due to be released sometime in 2015, we want to hear all about your intentions towards Microsoft’s next operating system.

In Google We Trust

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which Tech Company Do You Trust The Most?

Out of a total of 452 votes, 29.4% chose Google, 12.4% chose Apple, 20.4% chose Microsoft, 0.2% chose Facebook, 2.4% chose Twitter, 3.8% chose Samsung, 4.7% chose Sony, 13.1% chose Amazon, 13.7% chose Other.

So, Google won by a healthy margin, with Microsoft and Amazon rounding out the top three. This is an interesting result, as when we previously asked “Which Tech Company Do You Trust the Least?“, Google came second, and Microsoft also notched up an impressive number of votes. Which means both companies split opinion down the middle when it comes to trust.

Unsurprisingly, Facebook came bottom of this poll, with just one person naming the social network as the tech company they trust the most. I was hoping for a big fat zero, so I’m currently cursing that individual voter. This lack of votes was very much expected, as Facebook topped the previous poll as the company trusted least by the MakeUseOf readership.


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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Cedric, Hildy J, and chromesucks. Comment Of The Week goes to Rick S, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for this comment Which Tech Company Do You Trust The Most? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Tech Company Do You Trust The Most? [MakeUseOf Poll] Trust is an extremely important thing for businesses to gain and maintain. So, we want to know which tech company you trust the most, and why? Read More :

I’m not sure I can really put a finger on exactly why I trust Google the most, but obviously I do – and I’d better, because I am heavily invested in their products, services, and whole ecosystem. I use Chrome, Chrome OS, Android, gmail, calendar, Google+, all in all maybe as much as 40-50% of the things they offer. I’ve never had a problem that I am aware of, either from loss of data or their data about me – and I really like much of their stuff.

Yes, I know they scan my emails, track my web usage and physical location, etc. to sell targeted advertising, but they also provide useful services and information from this same data. It seems a fair trade as long as I am comfortable with the stuff they know about me – and I am. I think they do, or want to do a lot of good things, and have really helped advance the tech world and will continue to do so.

Does that mean I trust them or any other company blindly? No, of course not, even if only because mistakes happen – and I have a tendency to be very distrustful of all big companies in ANY field. But sometimes you just have to go with your gut and trust someone, occasionally even someone big.

That said, I place varying amounts of trust in a number of other tech services as well – including Evernote, Dropbox, and LastPass among the ones I feel quite confident in.

We chose this comment because it offers a solid defense of Google, a company which many people distrust due to its business model being based on using the data it collects on its users to target advertising Why Am I Seeing This Ad? How Social Media Ads Target You Why Am I Seeing This Ad? How Social Media Ads Target You Every social media site out there shows us ads. But sometimes, those ads can get very specific towards you, often showing you ads that seem creepy and stalkerish. How do they do that? Read More in their direction. It also names three other companies not on the list that this reader trusts. Which is good to know.

Windows InTENtions

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The early consensus appears to be that Microsoft is heading in the right direction with Windows 10, and anyone wishing to see the OS in operation can install the Windows 10 Technical Preview How To Download Windows 10, Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens, And More... [Tech News Digest] How To Download Windows 10, Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Pokemon on iOS, MSN rebooted, self-destructing SSDs, Twilight films on Facebook, and an iDevice love story. Read More .

We want to know whether you’re planning to get Windows 10 Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? It's official, the new Windows will be a perfect 10. Why Windows 10? Because Windows 7 8 (ate) 9. And here is what you will find inside the Technical Preview. Read More when it’s released sometime in 2015. And if so, how? Will you be buying a new computer with it installed? Will you be upgrading your current computer? Or are you adamant that you’ll be giving Windows 10 a miss?

Please vote in the poll above and then take to the comments below to further explain why you are or are not planning on getting Windows 10 in the future. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

  1. Dave
    April 17, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I wont be upgrading, How many hardware manufacturer's are going to
    re-write all their drivre's.
    Think there's going to be a lot of headache's coming soon.

  2. kim
    February 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    if it's free which it probably will be I'll get it. If not, no

  3. Henrik Computer Scientist
    January 26, 2015 at 5:49 am

    When you buy a new computer windows 8 or 8.1, is free, but Windows 10 is only free one year. personaly i like linux, android more than Windows, even PCBsd is better and it's also open source and free like Linux. So i use PC - BSD, Linux and Android and i dont need another OS that cost money with charging people each month like Microsoft is gonna do after the first year with Windows 10 . And i also don't have to be worry about to use programs on my computer, if i lost my internet connection and get offline. So I have enouch bills to pay each month and don't need Windows to pay.

  4. Zhong
    October 26, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    What I would do is to see the new changes and if it correct some of the disliked features in the previous version. I need to get a new PC anyway so having a preinstalled is most likely what's gonna happen but that's if I like it.

  5. Connie Hanus
    October 20, 2014 at 3:34 am

    The current windows 8.1 interface and user experience is awkward at best as neither is integrated in any sensible way to work together.

  6. Kate
    October 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Like others, I'll only upgrade if it's free to Windows 8/8.1 users or really really cheap. Like sub $25 cheap.

  7. KT
    October 11, 2014 at 12:54 am

    No. I'll stick with Linux and hopefully Steam os will continue to grow. I have a doze 7 pc just for games and I'd love to be rid of it.

  8. Tom W
    October 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I won't be upgrading my main computer to Windows 10 right away, but I will upgrade eventually. Windows 7 is working fine for me right now, and I don't see any rush to move on to a new and (potentially) unstable system. I'll wait until a few patches and updates arrive, and then update when I think it offers me a substantial improvement.

    I'll probably install the tech preview on my laptop, however, because it's getting old and I won't mind if it goes all Fubar. If I have the money to replace the laptop, I'll probably wait specifically until Windows 10 arrives.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Yeah, if Windows 7 is serving you well (and it is a very good OS, quite frankly) then you may as well wait until Windows 10 gets its first Service Pack. You don't think there's a chance Microsoft will get this right first time without any need for updates and bug fixes then?

    • Tom W
      October 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      I think they'll get it good enough first time, but there will certainly be improvements with the first service pack. I don't believe in replacing something that works, especially if I have to pay for the privilege.

  9. A41202813GMAIL
    October 8, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I Seriously Doubt It.

    ( Five Years And Counting )


    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      How did I know you were going to say that. XP forever, and all that.

  10. The Boojum
    October 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Yes. And it damn well should be a free upgrade to 8/8.1.

    I have a Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 which needs a touch screen OS. After living with 8.1 I would characterise it as a crippled desktop OS taped to a placeholder for a proper touchscreen OS. The only reason I can imagine that it was sold in its current form was that half way though its development, someone high up in Microsoft said "I don't care what it looks like, just release it NOW!"

    In my view it has won the accolade as the only thing that could make Vista look good.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      I'm not convinced it will be a free upgrade, but we can but hope. Either way, I think Microsoft will be offering some serious discounts to get everyone moving off XP, 7, and 8.

      In your heart, do you think Windows 10 is going to be a win or a fail?

  11. Adrian
    October 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

    No. I'll only upgrade if I NEED to run a piece of software that my current OS (Windows 7) cannot.

  12. Akshun
    October 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I will surely upgrade to it if it be fast, stable and reliable as windows 7(hoping so!!). Really, windows 8 was next vista.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Does it bother you that it looks very similar to Windows 8 at all? Just one that works as it should.

  13. WinDork
    October 7, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I just purchased a new Win8.1 computer with 8GB RAM and a 1TB drive. Imagine my delight to be informed shortly after the purchase that a new and FREE OS upgrade is pending! SQUEE! I am ready -- bring on Windows 10!

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      You hope it's free. Microsoft hasn't announced that officially yet.How are you finding Windows 8.1 so far?

    • WinDork
      October 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      For best results, use a dual-monitor setup. Best OS experience ever!

  14. Mary Brady
    October 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Very old PC has a Linux distro. If my other less old PC goes, I'd want another, but new, PC to replace it & would get Windows 10. Have laptop dual booted w/ Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7. Will just keep laptop w/ Ubuntu when Win 7 support ceases. If I'm still alive & still have some cash on hand, would get a laptop w/ Windows 10. Like Ed, I've been through the incompatibility wars, trying to get Linux to work w/ my all-in-one printer. (No problem w/ my laser printer). Also, recently shelled out 30 bucks for 3rd party driver to keep a perfectly working older Epson scanner continue to work w/ Windows 7.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      I take it you like what you have seen of Windows 10 so far then?

  15. ed
    October 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    My hardware upgrade cycle will occur at the same time Windows 10 comes to market (if it does show up around June 2015).

    At this point I will either buy a pre-built laptop which will already come with Windows 10, so the choice will have been made for me (as is usually the case with most consumers buying a new PC or laptop that is not from Apple).

    Windows 8/8.1 will not be an option as even MS is so willing to put Win 8 behind them that they skipped a version number as to distance themselves from that part of their past.

    I could just build my own PC and have the option of Win 10 or a Linux distro. If I choose the Linux route then I have to go through the whole time-consuming affair I always go through when contemplating a full-time switch to Linux which is as follows:
    - Try Linux A only to find that wifi does not work and no amount of Googling or sudo this or sudo that will get wifi to work.
    - Try Linux B only to find that though wifi and my wireless printer work, the scanner portion is not recognized.
    - Try Linux C only to find that the graphics drivers suck or the current kernel does not yet fully support the graphics chip.
    - Spend countless hours on forums trying to find solutions to any of these problems, learning a lot about Linux along the way, but still finding no single distro that solves all of these problems.

    I could first have taken the time to research all the components I planned on buying to build my system to make sure they are all compatible with Linux. But even then, there will always be some piece of hardware that thouhg forum members say works with a particular distro, doesn't seem to work with the distro I want to use.

    in the end, I could just wait months for a Linux kernel or driver to be updated to work with my hardware or just buy Windows 10, be confident that it will work with my hardware and be done with it while wishing all those countless hours I spent trying to get my new hardware to work under Linux could just be refunded to me.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      I have never got on with Linux for the very reasons you cite. I love the idea of it more than the practicality of actually using it.

      It does appear as though Microsoft is desperate to put Windows well behind it. The new CEO knows he needs to improve the company's image if he has any chance of taking it on to new heights.

  16. Daniel
    October 6, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I have to get another PC sometime in the future, and by the time I buy it, they will no longer sell W7, and since I do not like what I've seen from W8 I suppose I'll have to give W10 a try.
    Of course in my pc I have W7 and linux and it will remain the same until W7 goes unsupported.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Windows 7 will be supported for some time to come yet. For all the complaints Microsoft fields regarding ending support for XP, they only did so after 13 years.

  17. Ennius
    October 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I think windows MUST die!

    • dit
      October 6, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      you first

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Guys, we found the Apple fanboy in this thread. Leave him be...

  18. Xoandre
    October 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    What would make me switch to Windows 10?

    Let me count the ways:

    1. If Win10 is super-fast. I mean lightning fast even on 3gb RAM and a Pentium Dual Core 2.2 GHz desktop. It boots in 3-5 seconds directly to desktop, loads even the most processor-intensive apps and software in 2-3 seconds, and no longer has the "NOT RESPONDING" error that Win7 occasionally seems to thrill in offering when it is too busy running background tasks that never show up in task manager.

    2. If it supports legacy software programs from as far back as WinXP. There are some programs I have that are better and more functional as older versions than their over-bloated, super-pricey updated editions.

    3. It is more intuitive than Win7. I can customize it as much as I want, remove those ugly live tile objects, and has great memory management.

    4. It is free or affordable to the core user: a work at home desktop online gamer who browses youtube, facebook, and designs websites and 600dpi 12000x10000 pixel graphic images.

    I know this is a tall order, but if Win10 meets these needs, and proves itself to be worth the money to upgrade from Win7, I will CONSIDER IT. I will try it out in the preview if I can create a partition and Dual-Boot the preview without losing my current Win7 setup.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I wouldn't be surprised if all but no. 2 is delivered. If you do try the Windows 10 technical preview let us know how you find the experience.

    • likefunbutnot
      October 11, 2014 at 1:19 am

      For what it's worth, there were serious improvements made in terms of both boot time and file browsing that DO make Windows 8 seem quite a lot faster than 7 is. If you have 7 and 8.x side-by-side, you'll find that for example a folder full of JPGs will open and preview much, much faster on 8 than 7.

      Any version of Windows newer than XP really does have about the same subjective performance in terms of real execution speed. Strike that up to the OS just not changing all that much underneath surface-level details.

  19. RobH
    October 6, 2014 at 11:41 am

    There are several aspects to the issue.
    1. Has the underlying OS improved in terms of aspects like performance, error handling, crashes.
    2. The user interface. The change delivered by Win8 is the reason it's widely disliked. Will the shipped version of Win10 resolve that?
    3. Legacy hardware support. I've recently put a couple of useful functioning devices on Ebay because they don't work with my Win8 laptop - OK the zip750 hadn't seen any action for a long time but the Epson scanner was a good piece of kit. The other aspect is the PC hardware. Will the demands on CPU and Memory be greater than the current Win7 boxes have.
    4. Legacy software support. For example, I'm using Office 2007 on our household's older desktop PCs (2xWin7 1xXP). Microsoft want to move us to a subscription model which works out more costly - at some point they'll force that issue. In fact I wonder if they may do the same with Win10 - free upgrade but after a year there's an annual renewal fee.
    5. Microsoft's other motivations: obviously they'd like me to be running Windows tablet and mobile phone. Are they going to follow Apple's model of putting "inconveniences" in the way of those preferring a diverse mix of vendors?
    Other OS's don't really figure in my calculations. My legacy of Win apps and, perhaps more importantly, my built up knowledge of how to use them imply the costs of identification of functionally equivalent replacement software, buying it and learning how to use it.
    6. Cost, free (or cheap) upgrades are an incentive - but a subscription model would be a disincentive, I'd even take Win8 on a new PC if the only alternative was a subscription.

    I need reasonable confidence that Win10 delivers me some benefits. I will probably take the upgrade on the Win8 laptop (especially if it's free) - on the basis that it can't be worse than Win8 (but I do have a concern that it will still work with my £5000 CNC machine, it was a nightmare to install the drivers in the first place).
    The XP machine is scheduled for replacement so maybe I'll be forced to buy it with Win10 (or given the "not likely!" option of Win8).
    I expect to leave the Win7 machines alone until such time as the hardware needs replacement. If there's a free or inexpensive upgrade that might pose a dilemma

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      1. Only time will tell.
      2. I'm not sure it will. I mean it's built on top of Windows 8, so the core experience isn't changing all that much.
      3. I can't see that improving, personally.
      4. Charging a renewal fee for Windows 10 would suck.
      5. I think Microsoft will go the Apple route, tying people into its ecosystem. The company couldn't go on ignoring how successful that strategy has been for Apple.
      6. I think Windows 10 will be cheap, especially to Windows 8 users upgrading their machines.

  20. Allister
    October 6, 2014 at 11:31 am

    We are using Quickbooks 2010 which I doubt would work with Win 10. We would have to upgrade that as well at another cost. I am happy with Win 7 at the moment as it is relatively stable. Win 8 seems very unstable and falls over all the time. Will watch and see what happens with Win 10.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      We'll probably know exactly how Windows 10 has turned out within the next nine months, which isn't long at all.

  21. Pranjal Dixit
    October 6, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I ll buy a new PC to experience the Win10 because I want to upgrade my PC too to a newer and better configuration.

  22. chester kiluk
    October 6, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I am done with windows. I have a nexus 5, and I will be getting a chromebook. I gave used windows since 1997.....done, our of here. Never getting a dime again.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Did Windows 8 make you lose all hope? I'll be honest, I love my Chromebook, but I can't uite force myself to give up on Windows completely.

  23. Deason
    October 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    When I figure i have gotten all I can out of 7, I'll consider it, but it might be Windows 14 by that time. So, who knows what the future holds?

    • dragonmouth
      October 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      You may have to switch sooner if M$ decommits support for Win 7. :-)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Microsoft seems to be suggesting Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, suggesting a kind of mac OS X upgrade path. If true, Windows 14 is but figment of your future imagination ;)

  24. Hildy J
    October 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I have two tablets running 8.1 and assuming the upgrade is cheap (or, ideally, free), I'll upgrade for two reasons.

    First, I want the desktop improvements. I rarely venture to the Metro, Modern, or Universal (whatever they're calling it today) side but I wouldn't mind a few live tiles on my desktop. Plus, Start Menu.

    Second, I suspect 8 and 8.1 will join the list of unloved operating systems (along with 98, 2000, Me, Vista) while new features and improvements will focus on 10.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      It feels very much as if Microsoft is focusing all of its attention on Windows 10, so I can't see any of its older operating systems, even Windows 7, getting any serious updates after the new one is released.

  25. Alexis C
    October 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Looks really promising but I will wait to see the full OS working, not just a preview that can change a lot until its release. I'm very worried about compatibility. For example, I need Office 2007 because I have a Word plugin I use A LOT which supports up to office 2007.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Compatibility is always a problem with new operating systems, and sadly I see Windows 10 having the same issues.

  26. RK
    October 5, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    My current laptop is aging so a new one with Win 10 is in the cards. I like Windows 8, with some caveats, and this looks like they are trying to solve the two faced nature of the OS that people don't like. Microsoft has made many improvements since Windows 7 and I look forward to what they do next. I'm happy to see this move and see the company growing out of the Windows 7 type environment and into the future.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      I'm guessing the parts of Windows 8 you dislike are the same parts everybody else dislikes, which are exactly what Microsoft is getting rid of Windows 10. Fingers crossed.

  27. Bahador
    October 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I didn't gave Win 8 a try. I hope Win 10 will get better. I will try it out and hope for the best :)

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      If you give the preview a try let us know what you think of it.

  28. ColdEmbrace
    October 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I like to keep with the latest and greatest. I love 8.1 I know a lot of people do not and frankly I don't understand why. Being a young adult I do not have great experience with the older Operating Systems and whilst I used XP for a very long time I still upgraded to Vista then 7 when available.

    I imagine businesses will not make the jump for a while if at all. But personally as a home user and a gamer why not. I hope it'll be as good as promised and if it isn't it will still be a step in the right direction. I support keeping everything on the same par on my desktop OS as I do my phone. Less OS fragmentation is the way forward. If people stopped being so technophobic and moved on with the times we would all be working better.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      I suspect the younger you are the more likely you are to embrace new technology and new ways of doing things. Windows 8 was an extreme departure from Windows of old, hence the hate from those who have been using it for years. let's hope Windows 10 is good enough that we can all get behind it, regardless of age.

  29. kammak
    October 5, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I downloaded the developer preview and run it in virtual box.
    First impressions are good so I will install it on my new PC

  30. peter
    October 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Going to wait and see Just what the finished product looks alike and await a few reviews once it's out there in the public's hands.

    I am still 50/50 on whether I should buy a Windows 10 machine or go full on Google with a chromebook.

    I now no longer need the amount of power and programs available on a windows machine, so might as well save myself the extra money and "downgrade" to a Chomebook.... I think.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      If you can borrow a Chromebook from a friend for a month then that is the best way of knowing whether it can replace your need for Windows. I must admit, while I do use my Chromebook 90% of the time, there is still that 10% when I go back to Windows. Chrome OS is only going to improve though.

  31. ray mc
    October 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I am quite happy with Vista 32 Bit. But i will be buying a new PC next year and I'll wait for Windows 10

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      That makes sense. Are you liking what you have already seen of Windows 10?

  32. Jan
    October 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Yes. Already installed the preview and I love it.

  33. Tauheedul
    October 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Windows 10 will most likely be a free upgrade to Windows 8 users. Having tested the technical preview and trying out its new ui myself... I don't mind upgrading to it. I quite like it and wish they had done this originally.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      I'm sure Microsoft wishes they had done this originally too.

  34. scott macmillan
    October 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I find 8.1 to be an excellent system and expect 10 will have any bugs or things many users consider nonsense to be fixed or removed.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      As a fan of Windows 8.1 are you worried Microsoft is going to mess it up with Windows 10?

  35. Kenneth Carpenter
    October 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I will never understand why people complain about Microsoft day in and day out. Okay, so what if they messed up with Windows 8/8.1, they were only doing what they thought was a good decision at the time. To be this distraught as everyone has been since its release, is very saddening to see. EVERYONE makes mistakes, from single individuals, to groups, to massive companies, but you know what? That's life. You pick yourself back up, brush the dirt off, and keep moving forward and you try again, until you feel you've gotten it right.

    No one is perfect, no company is perfect, and no one ever will be. I think that Windows 10 is a great turn around for Microsoft, if they keep listening to their user-base. Also, I'm an avid user of both Linux and Windows, because they're both good in their own way. With Virtualization, Microsoft has made Windows a wonderful piece of software, Hyper-V, whereas Linux NEEDS to break KVM and Qemu apart. Qemu is just an emulation component to KVM, which technically shouldn't be there, but it is. If Linux can remove Qemu from KVM, I'll be happy. Every OS has it's pros and cons and I look at both fully when it comes to Windows OS versions and Linux Distros.

    Only time will tell how well Windows 10 turns out, but I have absolute faith that Microsoft and Windows will be just fine.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      I agree. I have never understood the hate directed at Microsoft. It's not like Apple, Google, Facebook and others are immune from making mistakes.

      The key is for Microsoft to start listening, and Windows 10 may just be an indication of them doing so.

  36. likefunbutnot
    October 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Using Windows 10 is a professional obligation for me. At this point, it clearly seems to be a refined version of Windows 8.x, though not to the extent that I'd even be willing to call it a different operating system. I'm running the preview now on a couple computers that I use with some regularity. I'll probably get it with the next laptop I buy and I'm sure I'll wind up with two or three "free" licenses from going to conferences or submitting bug reports or something.

    On the business side of things, I have no immediate plans to roll out Windows 10. My users are using a mix of 7 and 8.1 with a few still having a hard requirement for XP. Sadly, the XP systems that remains mostly cannot be upgraded to anything newer. I'm sure some of the Windows 7 machines will need to be replaced, but for now my plan is to replace Windows 7 with Windows 7. I'm sure I'll wind up with a few Windows 10 machines besides my own.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      So, Microsoft is making out this is such a revolutionary step for Windows that it had to be called Windows 10, but you don't even see it as a new operating system? That's awkward lol.

    • likefunbutnot
      October 11, 2014 at 1:08 am

      @Dave P,

      There's more meat on the Server side this time than the desktop. I'm not going to get excited about minor UI changes. A new menu interface isn't any more of an OS feature than shuffling Control Panel applets, but I know I'll at least appreciate some of the refinements to Hyper-V and Storage Pools.

  37. Von Adam Martinez
    October 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    For the purpose of testing, definitely yes.

  38. James Howde
    October 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Probably not although this isn't any kind of crusade. I only got this machine a few months back (replacing an old box running XP) so, going by my past behaviour, by the time I'm in the market for a replacement we'll be on 11 or 12 or whatever meaningless splurge the highly paid marketing department come up with.

    Windows 8.1 has some irritating 'features' but it isn't worth junking unless there's a very cheap upgrade path. Really the OS isn't the important bit of the machine anyway; it's just there to run the programs, they are the bit I really care about.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      It'll probably be Windows 10.3 or something, as Microsoft seems intent on sticking with Windows 10 for a while.

      You don't think the OS is important? I'm not sure I agree with that; Windows 8 has enough wrong with it that it's put people off upgrading.

  39. Schtromar
    October 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Using it right now =)
    I'm currently dual-booting Win7 and Ubuntu, and I really spend most of the time using Ubuntu, but of course there are some things you just need Windows for and win7 support will end soon, so we'll be forced to upgrade. Or we could use win10 preview (I'm running it on virtual machine right now, and I can't complain) and get the whole thing for free.

  40. Paul Harris
    October 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    After Vista, I always wait at least six months and read all the reviews. Once stung; twice shy.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      That's a good policy. Six months in we should know whether Windows 10 is worth getting.

  41. Lawrence
    October 5, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    It depends on the price. I just installed the tech preview and based on the 20 minutes I spent with it, it looks good. If it's free or really cheap, I'll get it, but I'm using Win 8.1 now and don't feel an immediate need to upgrade.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Does Windows 10 not feel different enough from Windows 8.1 to make the upgrade worth paying (much) for?

    • Lawrence
      October 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      I still haven't used the tech preview enough to see much of a difference and frankly, I'm happy with Win 8 - I could never understand all the publicised discontent.

  42. Rob Campbell
    October 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Not if Linux has anything do with it. The only way is if it came preinstalled on a new rig I was buying. My first order would be to load some Linux and ditch MS.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Would you not even give Windows 10 a try before replacing it with Linux?

  43. Rama
    October 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    No, I will not upgrade. Regardless of the fancy name cosmetics ("Windows 10"), I've found out the hard way, there is no real innovation, in particular when I understand that Windows 10 has implemented several features that have been used on many Linux based distributions for years - Why should I pay for features that are already free. I have one Windows 7 based system and that's enough. All other systems I use, including those at work, are all Linux based (Debian, Manjaro, Kubuntu, etc.)

    I just don't see the need to pay excessive costs to remain trapped in the proprietary sales model that is Windows; it's an old mindset, it's antiquated.

    But for me at least, the bottom line is: "No I will not upgrade because I get better features and better productivity for free, elsewhere).

    Finally, I did try the Window 10 beta, and in my opinion it was woefully wanting. It seemed to me that so much energy was expended in special effects and in using features already found elsewhere (in Linux distributions), that I was not impressed. Special effects (in my opinion) are a short term eye candy hook. In my opinion, I saw no substantial concrete reason to upgrade the Windows 7 system to Windows 10 - Nope! Absolutely not!

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Is there anything Microsoft could do to persuade you to switch Linux at this point in time?

  44. Andrew Kelley
    October 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Linux does everything I need an OS to do, so why buy into a proprietary trap. At one point people had a valid argument that Windows could do things that Linux could not. Over the last 10 years of running Linux (many different distro's) it has slowly been able to take over all of those instances that made that comment true, which of course now is totally false. If Windows can do it, Linux can too, especially now with Steam supporting the Debian distro's. I suppose there might still be an instance where Windows is a needed evil, but not in my eyes. Let Freedom Ring!

    • Smithing
      October 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Windows is a proprietary trap? Haha... Windows is the most supported OS with wide range of hardware. Linux on the other hand, has no support or proper software for business. Open source is always broken and full of bugs. Google is locking down everything lately. Chromecast is proprietary garbage, while Miracast is standard.

    • Karl
      October 6, 2014 at 1:37 am

      I'm with you! If there's one thing Win 8 has taught me, it's to embrace Linux! Out-of-the-box, Mint has all the apps I need. Very few security worries. LTS for long-term support! Extremely customizable (heck, I was adding all kinds of third-party apps to Windows anyway). No licensing costs. Privacy. Open source. And I have Microsoft's flop to thank for smartening me up!

    • dragonmouth
      October 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Have you used Linux or are you just parroting something you read on the Internet 10 years ago?

      "Linux on the other hand, has no support or proper software for business"
      Oh, really?! Thne why are many companies, towns and cities, counties and countries switching from Windows to Linux? Why have Catalonia, Asturias and other Spanish provinces developed their own Linux distributions?

      "Open source is always broken and full of bugs"
      A fix for ShellShock and Heartbleed was available withing days of discovery. There are known bugs in Windows that Microsoft has not seen fir to fix for decades.

    • Andrew Kelley
      October 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      @Smithing Open Source has Millions in the community that repair and fix bugs in the code, in most all cases virtually overnight (think the handful of codeworkers at Microsloth could do that?) which is one of the many reasons Linux is more secure and runs smoother. I don't have to run bloatware third-party anti-virus software on my Linux boxes, but I'll bet you need to on your Windows box. Nearly all of the large Fortune 500 companies run Linux on their servers, along with most banking institutions and major websites (wonder what their reasoning is, security / reliability?) even BurgerKing and McDonalds have saved millions switching thier infrastructure to Ubuntu (doesn't seem likely that they have many issues with being boken down if they are able to run a global company on Open Source software 24-7). I actually have a Linux home server that I made of an old Dell Dimension that has been running 24-7 now for over 8 years, a feat no Windows server could ever come close to.

  45. Ankit
    October 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    There is no point in upgrading the OS every two years. Windows isn't cheap or free for me to eagerly await for a new version. Its the same thing sold over again and again. I would be happy with Windows 7 for years to come. No, I will not upgrade.

    • Joe
      October 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I'm with you on that, Ankit. As long as Windows 7 continues to be supported by Microsoft and third-party developers then I have no plans to upgrade. It works well for me and isn't outdated.

    • Tina
      October 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      It looks like Windows 10 might be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users and very cheap (USD 20) for other Windows users. Would a low price change your vote?

    • Maryon Jeane
      October 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      My sentiments exactly. I've just had a new PC built and have reinstalled Windows 7; I will stick with this until it is no longer possible and then reassess - but will probably move away from any Windows OS at that time unless there is a huge improvement on their unstable, over-priced offerings.

    • Ankit
      October 6, 2014 at 2:19 am

      Tina, my answer would be yes.
      I do not have a solid commercial alternative yet. Windows basically has been leveraging on that fact. I personally do not see merits in Chrome OS, but it definitely seems to be taking a toll on Windows OS.

  46. Francis
    October 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Only if it's free. Having purchased Windows 8 (8.1) I feel that its lifetime has been far too short to warrant purchasing an additional license. I tend to use linux distros and android devices at home; and Windows is only used to work and for supporting my mother in law.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      It could be free, certainly for people already running Windows 8.1. My guess is it'll be cheap, but not free, so what would you do then?

    • guest
      January 26, 2015 at 3:01 am

      don't it will not play dvds or music and you install a pc game it say not in xbox format it is crap

  47. Johnny C
    October 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    It comes free to Windows 8/8.1

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