Windows 10 is shaping up nicely, with Microsoft choosing an ambitious path that could please advocates of Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8 all in one go. Maybe, but not definitely, as nothing is guaranteed.
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, 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?”
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.
Comment of the Week
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, 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, 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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