Microsoft has finally taken the wraps off its shiny new operating system. It’s not Windows 9, 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.
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:
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 in their direction. It also names three other companies not on the list that this reader trusts. Which is good to know.
Microsoft has unveiled Windows 10 to the general public, revealing what looks like a solid operating system combining the best elements of both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 10 will work across a range of devices, powering desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Any app released on Windows 10 will also work across all of those devices.
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.
We want to know whether you’re planning to get Windows 10 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.