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 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.
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:
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 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, with Windows Insiders being the first recipients of this latest version of Windows, followed by the proles. 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, 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.