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Still, with the release of Windows 10 approaching fast, we think it’s time to once again ask what version of Windows you’re using right now. When we last asked this same question in 2014, Windows 7 beat Windows 8.1 to the crown Which Version of Windows Are You Currently Using? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Version of Windows Are You Currently Using? [MakeUseOf Poll] Has anything changed in 4 years? It's time to find out! Tell us which version of Windows you're using right now. Read More , but will things be different this time?

Smartphone Addiction Is Real

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, “How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Some people are addicted to checking their smartphone. While others check it only when absolutely necessary. Which of these best describes you? Please let us know in the latest MakeUseOf Poll. Read More

Out of a total of 172 votes, 25% chose All Day, Every Day, 21.5% chose When I Get a Spare Moment, 19.8% chose Every Time I Get a Notification, 18.6% chose Whenever I’m Bored, 10.5% chose As Seldom As Possible, 2.9% chose I Don’t Own A Smartphone, and 1.7% chose Other.

These results veer strongly towards heavy use of smartphones. Not only do 97.1 percent of people own one, a quarter admit to checking their phones all day, every day. Just one in 10 people choose to check their phone only occasionally, which suggests that, whether consciously or unconsciously, the majority of those who responded are addicted to some degree Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? At one time, landlines and payphones were all we had--and we survived just fine, thank you very much. But now, it’s almost laughable if you don’t own an iPhone or Android, and for some of... Read More .


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We received a lot of great comments, including those from Rajaa Chowdhury How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Some people are addicted to checking their smartphone. While others check it only when absolutely necessary. Which of these best describes you? Please let us know in the latest MakeUseOf Poll. Read More , George Klein How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Some people are addicted to checking their smartphone. While others check it only when absolutely necessary. Which of these best describes you? Please let us know in the latest MakeUseOf Poll. Read More , and Tinkicker How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Some people are addicted to checking their smartphone. While others check it only when absolutely necessary. Which of these best describes you? Please let us know in the latest MakeUseOf Poll. Read More . Comment Of The Week goes to Peter, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Check Your Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] Some people are addicted to checking their smartphone. While others check it only when absolutely necessary. Which of these best describes you? Please let us know in the latest MakeUseOf Poll. Read More :

I mainly use my phone as a handy tool for work rather than for pleasure.
I run a holiday campsite in the UK and often find my apps are a great way to share info.

Apps that have become a godsend for me (and my customers) include: Wifi analyser (we offer free wifi on site and showing campers which spots have a good signal is a great help)

UK aerial alignment (its amazing how people can’t live without TV for a weekend)

Google maps (for showing people the best local walks and pubs on a map is very handy)

Google docs/Drive (having our price list on hand when somebody calls if I’m not near the office PC helps me to give quotes to campers who just want a price)

Google Translate + Goggles. (These apps are not used often, but we do get travellers from across the world including a camper who had DRIVEN all the way to the UK from China as part of a world tour! Their English wasn’t great, although it was much better than my Chinese but with Google Translate and Google Goggles, we were able to understand and translate information between each other about billing and giving directions to local sights)

1Weather (my current go to app for checking the local weather. I like the fact it offers a longer outlook forecast. I have used others but this one has pride of place…so far!)

I’d like to point out that all of the above apps are free but I would have gladly paid £1+ for each one if I’d have know just how useful they would be to me in my day to day work.

My phone is a fantastic pocket tool that allows me to assist my customers throughout the year. Also, by having a Nexus 6 the screen is big enough for both myself and the camper to see what is being shown at the same time!

We chose this comment because it offers a detailed rundown of some of the apps this particular reader finds useful. This goes above and beyond what we asked for, and should prove useful to other readers. We love it when someone else does our job for us!

What Version Of Windows Are You Using?

With Windows 10 due out later this year Windows 10 Release Date Revealed, Google Launches Mobilegeddon, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Release Date Revealed, Google Launches Mobilegeddon, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 set for July, Google goes mobile-friendly, Nokia is coming back, how to download your Google Search history, help search for the Loch Ness Monster, and the best fake GoPro ad ever made. Read More , we want to know what version of Windows you’re using right now. Or, if you’re not using Windows, what operating system you’re using instead. So, whether you’re using anything from Windows 95 to Windows 10, or OS X, Linux, or Chrome OS, please vote in the poll below.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Why are you using the version of Windows you have voted for above? If it’s an older version such as XP Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More , why are you sticking with it all these years later? If you’re using Windows 10, what do you think of it so far?

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. Fidodido
    May 19, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    I currently use Windows 8.1 instead of previous versions because I always like to get the latest release the moment it becomes available. The reasons are 1-for security, 2-because I like the new features and 3-because for me a new version means it's more modern (design) than any previous version. As for using Windows 10, I have installed it on a test machine but no way I will install it on my main one for obvious reasons!!

  2. Felicity
    May 18, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I have two computers...desktops...I'm very old-school and do not like new things until the bugs are gone. I like a comptuer to look like a computer and not a tablet, so 8 put me off...My beloved XP is still my favourite, but I only take it for a walk on the internet to update Malwarebytes, Kaspersky and Superantispyware, and pick up the odd new freeare (thank you for your articles!) so I am on 7.

    I use wordprocessors, and (surprise) like Word Perfect 8 most of any of them, and Microsoft Office 2003 better than later versions...for so many reasons. So the older versions of everything work better together. I grabbed Windows 7 when Microsoft started pulling it off the thinking, there has to be a reason! Why on earth pull a product people want! I dislike any programme/company trying to push stuff (will not use Chrome for that reason at one point every programme tried to bundle it... and very happy with Firefox).

    Will probably try and use XPPro till the World Ends, and just move stuff across to 7 to access the web.

  3. A41202813GMAIL
    May 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Do You Still Need To Ask ?


  4. demo
    May 12, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Windows 7 because its the only one that`s stable enough , not as buggy as hell and I can actually DO stuff on without the next update killing everything and making me install everything again. Windows 8 / 8.1 desktop is ok (ish) by design but buggy. And Metro is for touchscreen, - most business users don`t want or use it. The appstore is a joke btw theres NOTHING of use in there.
    I actually have win 8.1 pro on two PC`s , 7 on another and vista on an old lappy & 7 is the one I use most. The ONLY reason I have 8.1 at all is because the PC`s are OEM and I didn`t get a choice, I`d swap them for 7 in a heartbeat. I`ve lost count of the times I`ve HAD to re-install 8/8.1 - it`s THAT bad.

  5. Deen
    May 12, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Been a Windows user since 95 and have been using every single version since then. Am currently using 8.1 (in which in my opinion is the best there is) but will upgrade to 10 once it is officially released. I simply prefer newer stuff, especially when it comes to technology.

  6. averyvh
    May 12, 2015 at 3:48 am

    I used to use Windows. Then I got a laptop with Windows 8 and realized Microsoft had no clue what they were doing. Started seeing Linux get love from video game devs, said ' oh, what the heck' and made the jump to Ubuntu then Mint. I gave Windows 10 a try, but literally everything broke. None of my games worked properly, then the audio broke, then my graphics driver broke, then suddenly Windows decided it didn't want to connect to the internet, not through Ethernet or a USB WiFi adapter. On top of that, Microsoft still cares not for people who want a proper desktop interface on their non-touch devices, and privacy is somehow worse than 8 (which is really saying something).

    Unless Microsoft can bring the security up to Linux levels, bring out a proper UI, stop trying to lock everyone in with secure boot and whatnot, stop trying to force their terrible app store on us and force integration from Xbox and WP, close off the backdoors they and the NSA have put in, and care just a little bit about user privacy, I will not be switching back.

    TLDR: Call me when Microsoft blows everyone's minds by releasing everything under a Free software license.

  7. Oswaldo Bellido
    May 12, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I'm using Windows 7 Pro. My wife uses Windows 7 Home Premium. I've tried Win7 since the first beta, and Ijust loved it. I only hope Microsoft won't release those useless "Basic" or "Starter" versions with their upcoming Windows 10.

  8. R A Myers
    May 12, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Using 7 on an Atom 64 bit NetBook. Had an 8.1 laptop that took a hit from a corrupt Microsoft update according to my computer fixer. The SSD was pulled and copied to a Toshiba HDD. Will begin salvage when the laptop is reprogramed.

    Meanwhile the NetBook keeps keep plodding slowly along like nothing happened.

    Go 7!

  9. likefunbuntot
    May 11, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    All of them. I'm sitting at a Windows 10 machine right now and I actively prefer the Windows 8+ style user interface to older versions, but I have everything from Windows Server 2012r2 down to Windows 98. I don't really have a favorite version, though it probably wouldn't surprise anyone that Vista is the one I like least.

    I also have OpenIndiana, SuSE, Centos and OSX Mavericks and Yosemite machines. All of those are fine as well.

  10. WinDork
    May 11, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Windows 7 on the laptop/media server. Windows 8.1 on the main desktop.

    Looking forward to upgrading the desktop to Windows 10.

  11. Leah
    May 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I voted for Windows 8/8.1 because it's the OS on my laptop. :p It came with the computer and I actually do like it. It took some getting use to.

  12. Don leiba
    May 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Windows 8.1 on all my devices. Best OS ever.

  13. Ben
    May 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Oracle Solaris, PC-BSD, Ubuntu Mate and Centos.

  14. DalSan M
    May 11, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Windows 7 Pro is my daily driver since most of my IT college courses are based on that version, though the laptop also has Windows 8 Pro upgrade disks that came with it. Also, most computers in businesses would use up to 7 as the interface for 8/8.1 is not something most businesses would prefer on using if it means lengthy training of employees just on how to use the basic functions and how to find and access basic programs for daily use.

    My desktop runs 8.1 Pro, though third party apps were added to bring back the much needed start menu and desktop functions that most older Windows users are accustomed to. Due to the changes in API, several games and software required coaxing, modifications, and changes in properties/settings in order to install and run, which made me prefer 7 over 8/8.1 even more. However, extra functionality from my laptop and the Microsoft Store is only available in version 8.1 and above, which is a bummer. Once 10 is officially released (post-beta version), I will upgrade my desktop and laptop as I would love to get rid of 8 from existing on any of my computers.

    I'd like to note that if most of the programs and games I use often had great alternatives or could run on the Linux platform, I'd be using Ubuntu, Mint, Lubuntu, or other Linux distro on all of my computers and devices. This is due to better stability, better efficiency, and overall less troublesome user experience, at least for me. For now, Linux is not a viable option as a daily driver, except on my older desktops that can be used as basic internet access machines and streaming media players.

  15. vferg
    May 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Primary work computer is running Win 8.1 in Parallels. Honestly use it more than I use the Mac side of it... I have a Surface 1 & 3 (work provided, I would never buy these on my own although Surface 3 is amazing) both come with Win 8.1. I have a home PC using Windows 7 which is my storage, music server, bittorrent server, and media server and the only reason I haven't updated yet is because its perfect just the way it is now and will take a good day for me to rebuild and tweak it to my liking.

    I honestly cant wait to move to 10, I have tried the first preview last year and although it didn't show much I believe its on the right track to adding a ton of great new features. Everyone seems to hate Win 8.1 but I have had a blast using it, its incredibly fast & snappy, its new features like an improved task manager, finally built in ISO support, built in virtual support with hyper-v, new options for hard drives including that storage space, & searching is now perfect. I haven't had any crashes with Win 8 either which is something I have never had before in any version of Windows prior, even Win 7 which is for the most part 95% stable I have had a blue screen or a random crash here and there but Win 8 just runs perfectly and doesn't slow down. I can see why people did not like the OS due to the interface changes but still with a little tweaking I found it to be even faster to navigate then previous versions. Ide say it just uses a lot more hotkeys but honestly no one complains about that when using a Mac which I would still say relies even more on them then Windows does for faster navigation.

  16. Stuart
    May 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Using Windows XP as I am at work. I use Win 7 at home which in my opinion is Windows best OS to date, although I am looking forward to seeing how Win10 shapes up.

    My work is, however, undergoing an upgrade which goes live next week, and then all users will switch to Win7 machines.

  17. John
    May 11, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Main machine is Windows 7, laptop is Windows 8.1, wife's laptop is Windows 7.
    I plan to move to Windows 10 but I'm gonna wait 3-6 months first, just to make sure all is legit.

  18. William Vasquez
    May 11, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I use XP. I configured my computer to download updates until 2019 as shown on YouTube. I have too much software on my system that I can not reload on a new computer. Some video games work only on XP. How would you like it if all new cars had the steering wheel in the back seat; shifter on the left; Turn left to go right; other words, don't make 180 degree changes just for the sake of newness. Simply improve on the XP design. The OS should be still 90% least.

  19. Gary L. Yeary
    May 11, 2015 at 4:07 am

    I had heard that Windows 8 had a lot of problems in beta, so I grabbed a new laptop while Windows 7 was still available. So glad that I did.

  20. Tim Leinweber
    May 11, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I use Windows 7 on my custom built home PC, and Windows 8.1 on my Dell Inpiron laptop. I thought XP was a decent version. I used Vista for a while and did not like it very much, then when I built my current computer, I installed 7. I have been very happy with its overall performance and features. It solved the problems that I hated about Vista. As for 8.1. I abhor it. Microsoft took a giant misstep with it in my opinion. I hate the phone app style, and always go to the desktop when I use my laptop.

  21. Dave Myers
    May 11, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Windows 8.1 is my current OS as it was on the laptop presented to me at my job. Loved 7 and now have the same startup on the 8.1. Having both I discovered some things are actually easier with 8.1 although I will take advantage of the free update to 10 when it becomes available. Thanks to all those who have been testing it and commenting to Microsoft.

  22. Ray Mc
    May 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Vista it is better than the XP I have to use at work.

  23. Andrew Kelley
    May 10, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Although I would have picked I don't use Windows, in all fairness I had to say Windows 7 because one (and only 1) of my 8 PC's have it as an os. Only for the fact that PhoneTray Pro does not run on a Linux box even through Wine :( Although Windows XP was a great OS it is now seriously lacking for support of newer technology / programming, it is time to lay it to rest. Of the remaining versions of Windows I feel Windows 7 is the smoothest running, with Windows 10 getting better. Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows Vista ... well ... if you can't say anything good, say nothing at all.

  24. Matthew
    May 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I use windows 7 as my main system. I had it pre-installed on a old laptop and have transferred it to my new pc but it is only 32bit and I have 8gb of ram.

    I use windows 10 for 64bit applications and just testing on it.

    I occasionally use openSUSE for other things.

  25. BillinSDCA
    May 10, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Poll is useless as I use: XP, XP Pro, Win 2000, Win 7, and Win 8.1. Poll won't allow more than one choice, so I didn't vote because if I vote for one the others mike get jealous and crash on me. Whoever made the poll up should have considered that.

  26. Erik
    May 10, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Arch with KDE5 on both laptop and stationary :)

  27. Jose Moreno
    May 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I installed Windows 7 Ultimate when it was released to the public and it has not crashed once.
    No blue screen of death, no errors during or after installation. Windows xp mode available for my older software and hardware. Security and reliabilty.

    Windows 8 and 8.1 on my laptop has crashed at least twice. No drivers for my older hardware which still runs perfectly under windows 7. Apps are really a shortcuts to some of my software.
    Windows 8/8.1 is really windows 7 with a novelty apps and without the stability of 7.

    Windows 10? Why!

  28. Jack
    May 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Windows 8.1 on tablet.
    Windows 10 on test PC.
    Windows 7 on main desktop.

  29. James Howde
    May 10, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Voted 8.1 since that's what I'm using now; though there's also a laptop running 7 and my old computer with XP.

    I don't mind 8.1 but I don't love it so I'll almost certainly upgrade when the stable version comes out; but leave the other two as they are.

    My qualm about upgrading is what happens if I need to reinstall windows after the free window for upgrades closes (since 8s the only full version I'd have). It's amazing how fast you forget how to do stuff so I wouldn't want to take the hit of moving to 10 and then take it again by having to revert back to 8/8.1.

  30. Ramraj
    May 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I am always a linux user . Linux is more than enough for my daily use .

  31. Brian Jaybush
    May 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Win 8.1; most stable version yet, once a start menu added. But, 10 has promise on my test PC... tho the "new" start menu sucks. Will likely upgrade all my PCs but will stick with 3rd party start menu.

    • Johnny
      May 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I haven't tested 10 yet. 3rd party replacement menus are functional though?

  32. Johnny
    May 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    8.1 with 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and Classic Shell to make it more 7 like. Set to skip Start screen, disabled Hot Corners and enabled right click context menu. Only issue I've had is an inability to play old favorites like Red Alert 2 that ran fine on 7.

    • Johnny
      May 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      I do however echo Steven Don's sentiments with regard to providing support for other 8/8.1 users. Because of my modifications I find it nearly impossible to assist them without installing Classic Shell to aide navigating menus.

  33. kt
    May 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Most of my pc's are Linux. I keep 1 Doze 7 around for gaming.

  34. Steven Don
    May 10, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Using Windows 7 primarily, also some Vista. Hate Windows 8 with such a passion that I've actively refused doing tech support for people running it. Windows 10 looks like it could put Windows on the right track again.

  35. peter
    May 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I'm using windows 7 on my ageing laptop as I read this. Which is soon to be replaced with a chomebook.

    I have a desktop PC which uses windows 8.1. which I use as a media centre. It's not as bad as the reputation it has received (although I can understand peoples frustrations).

    I am tempted to upgrade to Windows 10 but need to read a bit more about it to see if it's worth the upgrade.

    On a side note, thanks for giving me the comment of the week.
    Seeing as how I'm "doing your job for you" who should I send my invoice to - hahaha. :)

    Keep up the great work - I love reading (and learning from) this website and glad to pass on what little knowledge I have. Cheers!

    • Robert O
      May 10, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Congratulations on your comment of the week! It was refreshing and interesting to read about someone who uses his smartphone so legitimately!

  36. Alan
    May 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Using Windows 10 Preview Build 10074 on my machine but we have two other machines still on Windows 7 and a laptop on Windows 8.1.
    I am looking forward to future builds as Cortana dosnt work in my area, I dont think its something I would use every day but it will be nice to try it out. I particulary like the ease in which you can tweak this OS, it would seem that Microsoft has listened to its customers - finally at least in part.
    As this is supposedly the last version I would imagine they will be tweaking and adding bits for many months to come.

  37. Jamie McCutchen
    May 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I'm using Windows 10 Preview because I like being able to try out new features and I like to keep current. So far, I'm really liking what I've seen. It still has some quirks and a few minor issues here and there (like having difficulty displaying certain older games in full screen) and generally needs some polish, but overall there is no doubt I will be upgrading when it is officially released. Then again, I was the same way with Windows 8/8.1. There is NO WAY I would go back to Windows 7. It is a great OS, but it also becoming too outdated for my liking.

  38. Steph
    May 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Windows 10 because nice improvements and features.
    Already stable enough for my use, I permanently switched from Windows 8.1 since february.

  39. suzybel
    May 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Main computer and one laptop Windows 8.1, I also have a really old HP Pavilion with XP which I use just for graphics and two printers. I only update CCleaner and Malwarebytes on it, no internet use other than that. I really like 8.1 after I tweaked it with a proper start button. I don't think I will try Windows 10 until I'm forced to.

  40. Unknown
    May 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    It is the best windows operative system till to the date. If windows 10 beats it remain to be seen.

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