Windows 10 has arrived, with Microsoft releasing its new operating system on July 29th, 2015. Microsoft needs Windows 10 to do well, and couldn’t afford another mess up like Windows 8 or Vista, especially as Windows 10 is likely to be the last version of Windows ever.
So, on a scale of 1 to 5, how do you rate Windows 10? While we cannot guarantee your feedback will find its way to anyone at Microsoft HQ, we certainly want to know what you think of Windows 10. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Doomed to Succeed
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, “Will Windows 10 Succeed or Fail?”
Out of a total of 749 votes, 49.3% chose “Windows 10 will be a huge success,” 38.1% chose “Windows 10 will do OK, nothing more, nothing less,” 6.9% chose “Windows 10 will be a huge failure,” 5.3% chose “I don’t care either way,” and 0.4% chose “What is Windows 10?”
The vast majority of people think Windows 10 will do at least OK, with a majority of those thinking it will do phenomenally well. Only a small minority think Windows 10 will fail, while a similar number of Apple fanboys sneaked in to register their complete lack of interest in the subject being discussed. Microsoft will surely be heartened by this assessment of the state of play.
Comment of the Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Richard Cranium, Mike Myers, and Ali Khan. Comment Of The Week goes to Keefe Kingston, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
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.)
We chose this comment because it offers an extremely good reason why Windows 10 will succeed. Switching from merely supporting an existing operating system in order to keep it safe and secure, to actively improving it with new features added over many years, is a huge step in the right direction.
Rate Windows 10!
With Windows 10 now alive and running free in the wild, we want to know what you think of this latest (and possibly last) version of Microsoft’s famous operating system. We’re keeping things as simple as possible, asking you to rate Windows 10 on a scale of 1 to 5.
If you need to spend more time with Windows 10 before voting, choose that option and we’ll make a note to run this poll again at some point in the future. Possibly just before Microsoft announces Windows 10 is a bust, and Windows 11 is happening after all. What? It could happen!
Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. For how many days/weeks/months did you use Windows 10 before voting in the poll? How would you improve Windows 10? Do you plan on switching back to an older version of Windows? If so, why?
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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