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Several months after launching Windows 10 Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know The final version of Windows will be released on July 29th, but a lot of things remain nebulous. We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions around Windows 10 and its release. Read More , Microsoft is finally ready to release a version optimized for use on mobile devices. Windows Phone is dead MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone This is going to be a tearful goodbye, buddy, but it has to happen. MakeUseOf will soon be parting ways with Windows Phone. Read More , soon to be replaced by Windows 10 Mobile. So, we want to know whether Microsoft latest mobile operating system holds any interest for you. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Facebook Fails

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 two weeks ago, when we asked, “What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down? What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down? [MakeUseOf Poll] Facebook is one of the cornerstones of the Internet, and five minutes of downtime can cause mayhem. And panic. And mass hysteria. So, what do you do when Facebook goes down? Read More

Out of a total of 233 votes, 55.8% chose Nothing, I Don’t Care About Facebook, 8.2% chose Turn to Twitter, 7.3% chose Panic, 5.2% chose Turn to Google+, 5.2% chose What Is This Facebook Thing?, 5.2% chose Meet Real People for a Change, and 13.3% chose Other.

These results strongly suggest that most of our readers really don’t care about Facebook. A small majority literally said as much, and the rest really don’t mind too much when Facebook is down. Some go to Twitter, some go to Google+, some even head outside. We even suspect that the 7.3 percent who suggest they panic when Facebook goes down are having us on. We hope.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Susan Bellwood, R A Myers, and fcd76218. Comment of the Week goes to Peter Fitzsimmons, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down? [MakeUseOf Poll] Facebook is one of the cornerstones of the Internet, and five minutes of downtime can cause mayhem. And panic. And mass hysteria. So, what do you do when Facebook goes down? Read More :

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I selected other for two reasons.

Facebook has just stopped working as I type this…. What does MUO know that the rest of us don’t?!?!?!?

Firstly: I logged on to MUO via my G+ account (see, it DOES have its uses!)

Secondly: Make the wife a hot cup of tea and tell her to stop panicking. Candy Crush will still be there in the morning.

Being over 35, Facebook is a tool I only use to keep in touch with friends since I moved away 5 years ago.
Other than that, I have very little need for it as a social network.

I am still an avid user of G+ and rely on Twitter for keeping up to date with the events of the day (it’s also how I found out Facebook wasn’t working).

We chose this comment because it hints at some differences between the generations. While this is undoubtedly generalizing, there is a tendency for younger people to have much stronger attachments to the social network du jour. Whether that’s still Facebook or not is another debate for another day.

Windows 10 Mobile Phones

This week saw Microsoft unveil its new lineup of Lumia handsets Microsoft Unveils Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, New Lumia Phones... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Unveils Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, New Lumia Phones... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft unveils Windows 10 devices, Twitter has its Moments, Facebook does a Doodle, Bob Dylan meets IBM's Watson, and Universal posts a trailer for Jaws 19. Read More , with the 950, the 950 XL, and the 550 all launching before the end of 2015. All three will come with Windows 10 pre-installed, making these the first Windows 10 Mobile phones to be released into the wild.

Microsoft later revealed that Windows 10 Mobile will start to be rolled out Windows 10 Mobile Launch Details, Facebook Tests Reactions... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Mobile Launch Details, Facebook Tests Reactions... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 Mobile gets dated, Facebook likes Reactions, Jet.com goes free, play the Star Wars: Battlefront beta, Lexus' cardboard electric car, Netflix Settle may save your relationship. Read More to existing Windows Phone handsets (running Windows Phone 8.1) in December. And just like with full version, Windows 10 Mobile will be free. Which is a solid reward for those who stayed loyal to Windows Phone Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] I want Windows Phone to succeed. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids to give Windows Phone a chance. Read More .

With all of this in mind, we simply want to know, “Will You Be Getting Windows 10 Mobile?” Please vote in the poll below, selecting the answer which best fits in with your own personal feelings on the subject. If none are appropriate, simply select “Other”.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Are you currently using Windows Phone and are keen to upgrade? Are you sick of Android and want to try an alternative? Are you sick of iOS and want to try an alternative?

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.

  1. Shanaka Munasinghe
    October 13, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Im a former Android user. I have using my lumia 930- phone for about 6 months now with windows 10 technical preview update. sometimes it has some issues with phone app, but apart from that its a very user friendly and easy OS to adept. also having a windows 10 tablet and they are working and syncing flawlessly. i like the way windows phone 10 build and structured.
    actually no need of lots of applications like IOS or android since windows phone has all the essential apps i used.

  2. likefun butnot
    October 13, 2015 at 2:03 am

    I give a blanket recommendation to Windows phones for people who express interest in smartphones but for whom Android might be overwhelming. Microsoft gets basic phone and messaging technologies right, Windows phone tend to be quality hardware and its OS is vastly more competent than Apple's. Windows 10 Mobile may change a few details but in broad strokes all of those things will continue to be true.

  3. James Winnett
    October 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I have a windows phone but won't be accepting the update to Windows 10. It seems to destroy many of the things I like most about Windows Phone.

  4. Read and Share
    October 11, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    No Win 10 Mobile for me. I am happy with Android for my phone and tablet, just as I am happy with Win 7 for desktop.

    For my personal use, I just don't see the big deal about using just one OS across all devices. My Win 7 and my Android both can open/read/edit/save my data files (office, pdf, jpg, mp3, etc.) - so why not use the best/most versatile OS for each respective device? After all, even limiting oneself to just Windows for all devices, you'd still have “different look and feel and user experience“ to deal with when using desktop vs tablet vs phone!

  5. Bob Gualtieri
    October 11, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I've been using a Lumia 928 for two years and like the way the phone syncs with my laptop and outlook. I like Windows 10 on the laptop. I want to have Win 10 on my phone so that all the apps are compatible and hope the apps now only available for Android and Apple will work on the Windows phone like Microsoft is claiming. I think the Windows phone is easier to use than the Droid I used to have. I prefer Microsoft over Google for productivity apps.

  6. Ed Echols
    October 11, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    My family uses W10 on 2 SurfacePro devices and a desktop. It just makes sense to use the same OS everywhere. W10M phones are getting rave technical reviews even if they aren't fashionably trending (who cares?). I love the fact that if I lose or break any of my W10 devices, that all my data is safe on One Drive. I constantly hear of friends losing alll their contacts because they dropped their phone in the pool. That simply doesn't have to happen any more.

    • James Bruce
      October 11, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      It doesn't happen anyway. iOS and Android both sync to the cloud and automatic backups have been a thing for at least past 3 years. You'll probably still want a Windows device anyway to fit with your ecosystem, but don't make your choice based on that incorrect belief.

  7. Yodi Collins
    October 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I have not been so excited about a new smartphone device since I purchased my Nokia Lumia 925. I use Windows 10 on a PC and love it. I don't see how the combination of a 950 and Windows 10 could be a bad decision. I'm ready.

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