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Crunch time has arrived, with Microsoft releasing Windows 10 to the world on July 29th. Over the next few weeks many of us will get our hands on this operating system, and know what kind of gem/mess Microsoft has gifted/inflicted on the world. The question is, will Windows 10 succeed or fail?

Adobe Flash in the Pan

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, “Does Adobe Flash Need to Die?

Out of a total of 477 votes, 46.8% chose, “Yes, it’s more trouble than it’s worth,29.1% chose, “Yes, it’s no longer necessary,13.4% chose, “No, it’s still useful,5% chose, “I don’t care either way!,4.2% chose, “No, I prefer it to HTML5,” and 1.5% chose, “What is Adobe Flash?“.

This represents a solid win for the Flash haters, with more than 75 percent voting for it to be summarily executed. The majority of those think Flash needs to die Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More... [Tech News Digest] Facebook bashes Flash, Apple scrubs those stains, Walmart launches Black Friday 2, Nintendo suffers a real loss, Spotify maps the world, and R5-D4 ends it all. Read More because it’s “more trouble than it’s worth”. Which seems a fair assessment.

Just 17.6 percent of those who voted want to keep Flash around, mostly because they still think it has some use. Which, to be fair, it does. But its usefulness is rather eroded by the security issues it constantly and consistently causes.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Rick Shortt, Tom Willoughby, and Mark “Mr. Marcus” Major. Comment Of The Week goes to likefun butnot, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Does Adobe Flash Need to Die? [MakeUseOf Poll] Does Adobe Flash Need to Die? [MakeUseOf Poll] We want to know what you think about Adobe Flash, and, in particular, whether you think Flash needs to die. Welcome to this week's MakeUseOf Poll. Read More :

As an IT guy, the amount of fully justifiable violence I would like to visit upon Adobe and its employees and investors can probably only be qualified in megatons of TNT. Between crappy updaters, insecure applications and bullshit hoops for both licensing and support, I spend an out-sized portion of my time dealing with problems Adobe causes. I have nothing positive to say about it. Were it to vanish from the Earth, our planet would only be a better place for it.

We chose this comment because it’s a rather accurate (and amusing) diatribe against Flash and the Adobe engineers who created it. If anyone is guaranteed to know what a waste of space Adobe Flash is, it’s the IT guys and girls Do You Have What It Takes for a Career in Technology? Do You Have What It Takes for a Career in Technology? The digital world may tempt you to jump on the information technology wagon. But is it the right choice for you? You have to make a decision. Ask yourself these seven questions. Read More who have to deal with it on a weekly basis. So perhaps Adobe should listen to what they have to say on the matter.

Microsoft’s Moment of Truth

Windows 10 is being released on July 29th 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 , with Windows Insiders being the first recipients of this latest version of Windows, followed by the proles Windows 10 to Roll Out Slowly, Reddit Is Revolting, & More... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 to Roll Out Slowly, Reddit Is Revolting, & More... [Tech News Digest] The great Windows 10 roll-out, the Reddit revolt, the Plex forum hack, the Prince streaming silliness, the Bing Pong palaver, and the Apple fanboy fiddle. Read More . At least the proles that have reserved their upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

This is an important release for Microsoft, as Windows 10 represents the future of the company. This is being heralded as the final version of Windows ever 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 failure really isn’t an option. Except it remains a possibility, as success is far from guaranteed.

We want to know what you think of Windows 10, so this week’s MakeUseOf Poll asks, Will Windows 10 Succeed or Fail? This is a very simple question to answer based on your own feelings towards Microsoft’s latest operating system. But please do feel free to expand on your thoughts in the comments section below.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you think Windows 10 is going to succeed, what is Microsoft doing to make it so? If you think Windows 10 is going to fail, why do you think computer users will reject it?

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. James Bruce
    July 31, 2015 at 10:21 am

    It's not going to revolutionise anything, but at least it fixes the seriously crap bits of Windows 8 that no one liked – my dad can finally upgrade his machine, which he specifically bought because it came with Windows 7, not 8. There's still some seriously stupid inconsistencies to do with PC settings though.

    Like other commenters have said, whatever new "features" they're touting just aren't compelling. When I do upgrade, it'll be for better gaming performance from DX12. That's all. It's an iterative update, but I'll give a resounding no thank you to stupid things like:
    - streaming from Xbox, at a lower than HD resolution and severe input lag.
    - whatever their new game center thing is, which identifies all manner of gaming .exe files from your computer, but not Steam, the single biggest PC gaming platform.
    - native cross platform apps and gaming, because they will only be casual mobile stuff scaled up for desktop.

    Oh, and if you want a quick laugh, check out the Verge's reviews of Windows 8 and Windows 10. The same reviewer, who lambasts Windows 8 in the introductory paragraph of the Windows 10 review, saying it fixes everything wrong with Windows 8, actually gave BOTH an 8.8 score. LOL.

  2. James Howde
    July 28, 2015 at 11:27 am

    It's a tricky one that depends a lot on defining 'success'.

    With the amount of effort being put in there's little to no chance it will flop.

    It needs though to not just become popular, but the pre-eminent OS, eclipsing all the others. Otherwise rather than saving MicroSoft and developers time and money by giving them a standard to code to; it just gives another version they have to consider and support.

    For the record I voted success in the poll but I'm not 100% sure.

  3. Don Bloomfield
    July 28, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I think we'll see a large number of users on it in the first month, then a larger portion jump over towards the end of the first year to grab the free licence. I don't think IT departments want to take on support for the new menu styles and related issues in any near future capacity, so it will only be enthusiast or win 8 users to start with, and a steady stream of upgrading win 7 users if features actually work well.

    Assuming no major issues, we could actually see the tie-in to windows phones growing after windows 10 releases, but I'm not holding my breath.

  4. Jeff Marks
    July 27, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Why do I want to upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1?

    • Introducing Cortana - Supposed to be like Siri was a novelty on IOS and most people never use it. I don't. Why do I care?
    • Merge mobile and desktop - I only use desktop. All of my mobile devices are IOS. Why do I care?
    • A new browser - Supposed to compete with Chrome and Safari. Sorry, I went to Chrome several years ago. Why do I care?
    • OneDrive integration - I prefer Dropbox. No reason to change. Why do I care?
    • Metro squares getting added to Start Menu - OMG I never use Metro and go straight to desktop. Now MS is going to shove Metro down my throat. Why do I care?
    • MS advertises great ways to stay organized and work fast. - Exactly what does that mean. I am already organized and work fast. Why do I care?

    Bottom Line - I have read almost every editorial review out there, and have yet to find a single review that can identify a single functional change that adds value.

    I probably would switch my desktop to Apple IOS if work wasn't embedded with the MS Office suite and support between home and office.

    Many years ago, I really thought Apple was going to go the way of the dinosaurs. Dammed if they didn't start rebuilding themselves with amazingly innovative products like the iPad and iPhone. Coming in later with the MacBook and the MacBook Air. They caught their perfect wave and are riding it all the way, leaving MS in the trenches to drown.

    I have always been a committed Windows die hard. I have built 20 to 30 home computers over the years. All windows machines. The last few years, has started to really make me wonder where I want head in the future.

    Background and Computer Usage:

    • IT technical project manager
    • High End Gamer
    • Videographer

    Key Application Usage:
    • MS Office including Access
    • VBA, JAVA development
    • Games like WOW
    • Email (Hate that I had to install my own email client)
    • Internet Browser (Chrome)
    • Evernote
    • Dropbox
    • Photoshop
    • Premiere Pro
    • Audition
    • Lightroom
    • Muse
    • SpeedGrade
    • Illustrator
    • After Effects

    There really is nothing I have read that indicates an improvement to what I use a computer for. It sounds more like MS is trying to catch the wave that they missed about 10 years ago.

    • Deborah Lyne
      July 29, 2015 at 4:57 am

      What you posted is about the short and long of it. I need a new computer for school and I am trying to desire to keep with windows or switch to the mac. I was currently searching on if I chose to stay with windows how to make the interface less fugly. I think I may buy a new computer and have them install 7 back on it.

  5. Mike Myers
    July 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Windows 7 as a success. Solid, reliable, and supportable.

    Windows 8, or XBOX OS took that and turned Windows into a joke where someone decided we must all have touch screens now. Did it work? Sure. Was it a pain in the butt to transition to? Sure. Was it usable by corporations, or even small businesses? No. It was crap which screwed up a lot of desktops and POS desktops.

    Windows 8.1, or EFF YOU here's your BS start button! Oh yeah, it goes to Metro. You just asked for a Start button, you didn't say what you wanted it to do. This was a big middle finger to all Windows users.

    Will Windows 10 be successful? If they start giving a crap about what we want, yes. Right now it's Windows 7 with Windows 8 in your face. So, that basically means that so far, they don't give a crap. But since PC users don't have a choice if they want 100% compatibility with today's apps, then sure, it'll be successful. And don't throw any Linux arguments at me, because it's still a hacker's OS until developers make universal apps.

  6. richard cranium
    July 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I think the issue of success or not is partly a matter of whether it's a "big bang" or "slow burn" success.

    The world has moved on and the primary computing device for many people is no longer desktop/laptop but tablet/smartphone, areas Microsoft have only had very limited success so far (and a few bad mistakes - RT).

    That said, many tablet/smartphone users do have desktop/laptop too. Just how they go about taking the version upgrade for those is the interesting question. Personally I have reservations about jumping in with both feet on 29 July.

    That's for several reasons.

    My desktop which does meet the spec, isn't showing the upgrade icon (despite having Windows Update enabled). Do Microsoft know something about my PC that I don't?

    My Laptop has a non-standard peripheral and it was quite a challenge to install the drivers in the first place - will that still work.

    My wife's PC is showing the upgrade icon but she uses the PC for work, if anything changes (even if just the user interface) I will be to blame and will become "the local PC support team" (even more than usual).

    Microsoft do have a history of some very worthwhile new versions - and some utter dogs. Perhaps it's better to await the public verdict. Yes I know that over the last 9 months there have been 5 million beta testers but they're not likely to be "normal" users for whom the risk of something not working were acceptable.

    The incentive of a free major upgrade is tempting but I'm not absolutely clear how I will really benefit. I've just read a PC magazine review which gives the upgrade its enthusiastic endorsement to see what it gives that I want. Looking at their "top 10", many are qualified by things like: "If you like to..." and "For gamers...". Others are like "Xbox users..." or intended for mobile users "Battery saver...".

    There are benefits if you go cross-platform with Microsoft on Mobile but for most of us that implies a new smartphone/tablet. Then there's "the hated Windows 8 interface is gone" but I avoided that by not being an early adopter and when I did upgrade my PC I stayed with Win7. All that's left seems to be some user interface changes "It's easier to..." but even there I have to ask: is it easier to learn a new way of doing something "more easily" or to use my existing knowledge of the familiar but less convenient way?

    The time limitation on the free upgrade is a smart move by Microsoft and I expect most will take advantage before the opportunity expires and so in a year's time I'm sure Microsoft will be able to declare it a success based on the number of upgrades.

    The real test of success will be Microsoft's accounts. Has the change resulted in increased PC sales (with Win 10 licenses)? Will users have been persuaded away from Android/iOS tablets/smartphones to reap the intended "consistent platform" benefits (and do the potential benefits translate to the real-world experience).

  7. Ali Khan
    July 27, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Some pros are that you're running the newest available software and getting all the latest updates, it's your best shot at compatibility with new programs and apps, and performance system-wide, including games, should be improved like it was in Windows 8/8.1.

    Some cons are that you have to take the time to complete the update, some programs may no longer work (although this shouldn't be a problem with Windows' built-in compatibility mode), and you have to learn the changes made from the version you were running.

    Honestly I would go for it. A free update to the newest version of Windows is pretty huge. Everyone should be updating, in my opinion.

  8. Christian Cawley
    July 27, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I'm not 100% certain lessons have been learned from W8, so I've taken the "do okay" - I feel things havent really progressed since W7.

  9. fcd76218
    July 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Depends on how you define "success."
    It will be installed on more devices than any other O/S so in that respect it will be a success.
    Will it regain the market share lost by the previous Windows versions? Probably not. So in that respect it will be a failure.
    AFAIAC, Windows always has been a failure as an O/S. There is still hope for the future but that would require a complete re-write.

  10. Joe Birch
    July 26, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I'm a Linux user but I teach computing and that covers all OS's. Android, Windows (all variants), IOs and Linux. Windows has never been safe or secure and in the long term is a very expensive OS. There are a number of nightmare stories going around about the future of Windows and the way users will be affected. If 50% of these rumours have a semblance of truth then Microsoft will continue to decline. Public bodies are moving over to ODF and the likes of Libre Office causing the steady decline of Microsofts income stream. I really cannot see any way they can turn this around.

    • Jan F.
      July 26, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      For 2014 the National Vulnerability Database lists 3 times more vulnerabilities in the Linux Kernel than in any individual Windows version (7 or newer).

      Heartbleed - Windows and IIS not effected.
      Shellshock - Windows not effected.

      And no, I am not picking sides here. I work with OSX which is the big loser when it comes to vulnerabilities.

      • fcd76218
        July 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm

        "Heartbleed – Windows and IIS not effected.
        Shellshock – Windows not effected."
        No, you're not picking sides here, you're just being disingenuous. Both Heartbleed and Shellshock did not affect Linux directly, just as they did not affect Windows directly. They only affected programs, such as OpenSSH, that Linux uses. Any Windows install that used the same programs was affected just as much as Linux.

        • Jan F.
          July 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm

          I was intentionally disingenuous. I am aware that we are talking about third-party vulnerabilities for these two media covered examples.

          However, I am fairly certain that the number of affected Windows users is/was fairly small (in actual numbers, not just percent) compared to let's say every OS X user out there where 99 out of 100 are likely unaware of having OpenSSL or Bash on their system.

          Anyway, this is discussion is drifting away from both the point I wanted to address as well as the topic of this article. The End.

  11. Keefe Kingston
    July 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I think Windows 10 will be successful not because of the new stuff it brings or the improvements, but rather the the switch from Windows as a product to a service. We have to remember that mostly every operating system from Microsoft (if not all) always faced problems that early adopters had to deal with such as poor performance and features. While this was apparent in some some versions of Windows then others, many were a lot stabler and had their performance increased by the first service pack. Because Windows 10 is now going to be offered as a service, Microsoft will now be focused solely on improving the operating system instead of just supporting it while also building the next latest and greatest Windows. I am lead to believe they will continue to come up with new features and fixes and add them into Windows 10 instead of holding them out so that they can drive the newer OS Microsoft just happens to want you to buy or get.

    So that's why I believe Windows 10 will have success. It may not be the best thing now, depending on what you want from an operating system but I'm sure that they'll improve it over time just as they have any of their operating systems (like Windows XP [may it rest in peace] and Windows 7.)

  12. Peter Fitzsimmons
    July 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I have no idea if W10 will be a success but I hope it will. After the fiasco of Windows 8, from usability to marketing, it was a lesson in "how not to do things" and I hope that Microsoft has learnt it lessons well.

    For better or wore, folks don't like change and the huge leap from 7 to 8 turned a lot of users off - me included to a certain degree.

    However, after using W8 on my new desktop I found that it was not as bad as some commented.

    I will be updating to W10 when it comes my way and look forward to a new lease of life on my Desktop.

    There will always b those who will have nothing but negative thoughts about new Operating systems and computers etc, but I for one will be keeping an open mind and look forward to seeing what it is capable of.

  13. rwdris
    July 26, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Win 10 will succeed. Not because it is good, not because users are biting at the bit to upgrade, not because it is free, but because it is a "forced" upgrade. Most users will not go to the lengths necessary to research how to opt out. Those of us interested in web sites like Make use Of are in the minority, and we can only share our knowledge to a few, not the billions of users Microsoft is targeting.
    That being said, I have been using Win 10 exclusively for most of this year. There are things I like and some I don't like. My biggest gripe is the forced updates, especially the buggy drivers. On two occasions a forced video driver update has messed up my system, forcing a reinstall of a good driver, and once it happened with the sound card. My other gripe is the advertising that Microsoft now sends use (now we know how we "pay" for the upgrade).

    • Ray Herring
      July 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      But they aren't forced to upgrade to Win10, not at all. Win10 is an opt-in for those currently running a compatible version of Win7 or Win8 IF they click on the little flag and register to receive it.

      If they never do that, then they will never move up to Win10 from their existing OS.

      Also, even once 29th hits, Win10 will auto-download but give users the option of when they wish to install it, it could just sit there for the next year without being installed.

      • olozhika
        August 6, 2015 at 11:55 pm

        As a sys admin I can say that having W10 automatically download to all of my W7 userbase and take up several gb worth of disk space is a recipe for problems.

        Not to mention the fact MS have decided in their infinite wisdom that W10 will upgrade itself automatically whether you like it or not. I've already had windows updates cause me enough trouble and have to go through each and every update on my WSUS servers to ensure they wont break anything

        Yes they're bringing SAAS (Software As A Service) to the world, yes it improves on SOME issues W8 presented but am I going to upgrade to it due to the fact it provides a small scale W8 start screen with tiles and a touch friendly control panel, no. No I'm not...

  14. puter_56
    July 26, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Probably Not
    - still don't like it ..
    the start menu is very poor and it still has those tiles.
    but: the worst of it - is the compulsory Microsoft Account.
    and - why would one want to buy an app from there,
    - when it works just fine on my Android 'cell phone ??.

    • Hary Ayala
      July 26, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      The microsoft account isn't necesary, you can make local accounts like always, you can remove the tiles too, and i'm sure the start menu will be customizable enough for everybody soon enough

    • mint
      July 26, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      I don't understand why people complain about having to register Microsoft account for Windows 10. You don't have any problem with registering with Google account on your android, do you?

      • Dmitriy Tverdov
        July 26, 2015 at 6:46 pm

        Problem is - most tech-savvy users already had some personal 'more than just email' account by that time. And for huge part if not most of 'em it was not live/outlook.com one - if not for Xbox i would also lack MS account at W8 release and i definitely don't use it in W8 the way MS envisioned - instead goin' local.
        With W8 Calendar tied to Outlook.com and - thanks to MS/Google feud - incompatible with major competitor it definitely added to resentment toward already 'impure-f-mends'-ridden system GUI. And btw - Sky/OneDrive problem IS related to that.
        Things like that added up, esp. considering one-time tricks like silently converting existing local user account on upgraded system to MS one - THAT left me breathing fire for quite a time and was totally put to rest only after 'clean slate' OS reinstallation (hello, x32->x32 only upgrade via online installer).
        And that was a disappointment as under the hood W8 is similar improvement over W7 as it was over Vista (which was great improvement over XP btw...as long as you stayed away from x32 and got at least modern mid-end rig of the time - which XP had no idea how to use efficiently).

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