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Most of us use search engines to scour the Web on a regular basis. They’re pretty essential when trying to find your way around this huge resource we once naively called the World Wide Web The Web Is 25... So Let Us Celebrate [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Web Is 25... So Let Us Celebrate [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Web recently turned 25, with this incredibly dense and diverse set of online destinations having been born in 1989. I think it's time to celebrate the Web in all its different forms. Party, anyone? Read More . But which search engine do you, dear reader, personally use most of the time? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Upvoting Upgrades

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, “Have You Reserved Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade Yet?

Out of a total of 385 votes, 52.7% chose Yes, I Cannot Wait, 17.9% chose No, I’m Sticking With Windows XP/7/8, 12.5% chose Yes, Begrudgingly, 9.6% chose Wait, What Free Upgrade?!, 4.9% chose Windows Sucks!, and 2.3% chose No, I’m Not Eligible.

These results suggest that the majority of Windows users are looking forward to Windows 10 Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More . So much so, that they have already reserved their free upgrade weeks before Microsoft launches the new version of its operating system onto the world.

There is a smaller percentage of people who are, for various reasons, sticking with Windows 7, Windows 8, or even Windows XP (despite the fact XP is almost dead Windows XP Is Almost Dead, Greece Cut Off From Online Economy & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows XP Is Almost Dead, Greece Cut Off From Online Economy & More... [Tech News Digest] XP expires, Greece struggles to pay, Microsoft announces Minecraft for Windows 10, Amazon promises Prime Day, Lifetime launches online video, and a floppy version of The Star-Spangled Banner. Read More ). A significant percentage didn’t even know about the free Windows 10 upgrades 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More before this, which we find rather surprising.


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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Tom Willoughby, James Howde, and Kelsey Tidwell. Comment Of The Week goes to Larry Kruse, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Have You Reserved Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade Yet? [MakeUseOf Poll] Have You Reserved Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade Yet? [MakeUseOf Poll] Anyone running genuine copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can now reserve their free upgrade to Windows 10. "Can" being the operative word. So, have you pulled the trigger on Windows 10 yet? Read More :

Windows 10 has been in the hands of the select testers of the OS for some time now. In late May, I read an article stating that Microsoft still had a long way to go to smooth the wrinkles out of Windows 10, but they were holding to their release date of July 29th, i.e. giving themselves 2 months to clean up the OS. 2 months is a short time to clean up an OS that is supposedly the last version of Windows. I usually wait until the first SP is out to switch my OS. I’m guessing that between users that are getting in the queue for the upgrade and those that buy a new PC between 7/29 and 12/31/15, the test pool will increase considerably. Windows 10 with SP1 should be out after the first of 2016. I can use Windows 7 reliably until then.

We chose this comment because it raises an important issue. Windows 10 is bound to have countless issues, both large and small, at launch. New versions of Windows always do. So it might be a good idea to wait a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months before installing. That is if you can resist the temptation to see what all the fuss is about.

Navigating the Web

There are now believed to be over 1 billion websites in existence. That’s a lot of destinations to choose from when you fire up your Web browser and set out to explore the InterWebs. And that’s why search engines are such a crucial part of the process, allowing us to pinpoint the places on the Web we want to visit.

There are a fairly large number of search engines to choose from. It should come as no surprise to discover Google is by far the most popular search engine around. Bing, Yahoo, and Ask are also popular. And DuckDuckGo 6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won't Find On Google 6 Cool DuckDuckGo Features You Won't Find On Google In a world ruled by Google, at least where search is concerned, it’s sometimes hard to imagine a worthy alternative. DuckDuckGo is one website that is trying to offer such an alternative. If you’ve been... Read More and Wolfram Alpha 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know Wolfram Alpha Could Do 10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know Wolfram Alpha Could Do I continue to be amazed by Wolfram Alpha and the way it crunches numbers around openly available data. The result – it shows us the world in a far more inter-connected and interesting way. It... Read More are interesting niche options. Finally, there are Baidu and Yandex, the Chinese and Russian search engines, respectively.

Keeping that in mind, we simply want to know, “Which Search Engine Do You Use?

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Why do you Google, Bing, or Yahoo? Or DuckDuckGo, Baidu, or Yandex? Is there a better option we haven’t listed that you’d like to recommend to your fellow MakeUseOf readers?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. Alex Brookes
    July 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Google, so popular it has become a verb.

  2. Duke Rathbun
    July 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    It is easier to use,and has about anything I could want. I dont like gmail,tho,and use yahoo. Otherwise,google it!

  3. A41202813GMAIL ..
    July 14, 2015 at 5:15 am

    If You Value Privacy Live Your Life Away From The Internet.

    If You Post In Forums All Around The Internet, And Wish To Find, What You Have Posted, A Couple Of Days Later, Good Luck Using All The **Latest And Greatest** Search Engines You Can Remember.

    GOOGLE Works Better Than All The Other Search Engines Put Together, Period.


  4. Joseph Moorhouse
    July 14, 2015 at 4:06 am

    I use to use multiple search engines on my laptop while in college for IT classes. Found them to be very similar in search results. It would be great if they could distinguish out of date information from current. Once googled (not sure of engine engine) fastest Internet speed and got an ad for 56k as one of the results because the ad said it was the fastest available. A simple coding adjustment might help.
    Nowadays I use Google that was pre-installed on my phone. Call it lazy, lack of space or just guess it really does not matter. Google has the ability to force the changes by loading results that are dated first then the rest as usual.
    Thanks for listening to my rant.

  5. Darrin Keith Long
    July 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    i use bing. but to be honest all the search engines take you right to the same thing.

  6. Leah C
    July 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    With Bing Rewards you don't have to actually use them as your search engine. I spend like fifteen minutes a day on Bing just to get the rewards and then I move on to Google. I like Google. I think Bing and Google give the same results but I don't really like getting the MSN news links at the top when looking up news.

  7. Joel Lee
    July 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I use Bing and the Bing Rewards program. Strangely enough, I actually find the results better than Google, so it's a win-win in my case.

  8. Robert B. Martin
    July 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    GOOGLE. Is there another one?

  9. Jake Payne
    July 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I use Bing. Ever since Google began filtering results for things I deem relevant. Also, the Bing Rewards program is pretty nifty. I get free things just for doing every day searches.

  10. Stephen Hazelwood
    July 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I use Bing almost exclusively as my search engine of choice. I get better results, more relevant sites, images, & videos, as well as not having to worry bout being tracked & info being fed to the government like Google loves to do.
    I actually have been using Bing as my search engine of choice for a few years now after discovering it & after finding out about all of Google's somewhat underhanded, sneaky ways of feeding info to the government anytime they want it. I have not used Google search engine since finding out about Bing & discovering just how good it was for me.
    I do use 'Swagbucks' search engine as well, but only to earn credits from Search Wins as their results, though based on yahoo's search engine results, are almost never relevant.
    I can say I've never really tried out DuckDuckGo but I've thought about just giving it a whirl as I hear many positive things on every area of it as a search engine. But all & all for me the Bing search engine is far & away the best search engine for all my needs, no matter how specific or how general.

  11. Avery Vander Horst
    July 13, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    DuckDuckGo is at the top! And I think it there for a very simple reason. Not only do you get privacy, but with DDG's 'bangs' feature ( you can search any website you want. Even if you can't stand DDG's search results (I use it all the time and don't have a problem with it, but whatever) it is still the best search engine to set as your default because because you are always just 2 or 3 keystrokes away from searching any particular site you want, even Google search.

  12. Rob Hindle
    July 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    At time of writing DuckDuckGo is leading the poll (over Google) but none of the comments explain why and most of the comments seem to relate to Google (and are positive). As far as I'm aware Google has by far the greatest number of pages indexed and is quickest to reindex changed pages. They also seem to put massive effort into battling the SEOs who try to game the system for unfair advantage. The result is that we usually get to see the best sites in the first couple of pages of results.

    As far as I can see the main DuckDuckGo USP is privacy. Googles "tracking" is seen as a benefit in that it helps tailor results to your profile so it seems to me the best solution is Google but with Startpage should there be occasions when you need to go "under the radar".

  13. Don Blevens
    July 13, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    What else, Google.

  14. Anne Henwood
    July 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Normal web browsing etc I use Google because I get all I need from it. For other stuff of interest I use Tor for browsing with DuckDuckGo and Startpage for searching that side of the web.

  15. Manolis Saviolakis
    July 13, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I use only Google.I thing is the Best.

  16. kvn411
    July 13, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Google is by far the best search engine. I've tried DuckDuckgo but although the search is anonymous the results don't match Google's results.

  17. Brad Merrill
    July 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I really like Bing as a product, but I'm so deep in Google's ecosystem that it doesn't make sense to use anything else.

  18. Susan Bellwood
    July 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I have always used Google. The odd time I will use Bing or Yahoo. I find Google is wrapped around so many things, so it just makes sense to keep it.

  19. Colonel Angus
    July 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I use two. On my phone, where I am always logged in to my Google account, I use their search. On my computers, it's Startpage.

  20. hildyblog
    July 12, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Unlike some, I want Google to know what I search for. I view Google Now as a personal assistant and the more my assistant knows, the better it assists me.

    That said, I don't need anybody but Google to track me so I block tracking cookies and I don't need ads so I use Firefox on my PC and phone with an ad blocker.

  21. Davin Peterson
    July 12, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I have a Google Nexus 7 tablet and the Ok Google/Google Now built in works well

  22. Peter Buyze
    July 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I use StartPage: search is done through Google, but anonymised so Google does not know it's you. That way you still get output from what is probably the best search engine.
    If you use Firefox you can also use Startpage, or you can stick with Google directly & use an add-on called Searchonymous, which also anonymises your searches.
    I use Chrome & StartPage.

  23. Rick Shortt
    July 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I couldn't agree with Peter Fitzsimmons more. Google just works for me and is fully entrenched in my Chrome OS-Android based workflow.

  24. Peter Fitzsimmons
    July 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I am almost fully immersed in the Google system, having a Nexus 6, Nexus 9 AND my new Chromebook.
    Using Google is easy and fuss free (for the most part).

    I know Google has it's haters and they are more than entitled to use what ever systems they chose, but for me Google does what I need and does it well.

    Utilising things like Google Now on my phone or tablet is great and saves a lot of messing around, where as on the Chromebook, I can use the same bookmarks as I do on the phones so that I get the same experience as I do on the tablet etc.

    It's far from perfect, but I do like the updates and "new" things that Google introduces to make life a bit easier. It doesn't always work, but when it does - it's brilliant.

  25. David Faulkner
    July 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Google is a quality product. Sometimes it is useful that it has built up a picture of me and my interests over the years. That said, if I want a relatively neutral search or I don't want Google to know what I'm searching for, I have DuckDuckGo on my iPad.

  26. M Zubair Aslam
    July 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Google knows what I am looking for.

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