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. But which search engine do you, dear reader, personally use most of the time? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
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. 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). A significant percentage didn’t even know about the free Windows 10 upgrades before this, which we find rather surprising.
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:
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 and Wolfram Alpha 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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