Poll results: Are you confident Microsoft will turn things around with Windows 10?

Poll results: Are you confident Microsoft will turn things around with Windows 10?
On Monday, some days before Microsoft's scheduled Windows 10 event that took place in Redmond, WA, we asked you whether you were feeling confident that the new platform update will be sufficient to boost Microsoft's waning influence in the smartphone industry. As per usual, thousands of you spoke up, and we now have the results.

Lucky for Microsoft, the majority (nearly 75%) of poll takers see a bright future ahead of its platform. Now that we know what Windows 10 is mostly about, we too seem to have a consensus at the office – Microsoft is moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, making headway in as competitive a duopoly as the one present in the smartphone industry will take more than just our and yours humble opinions to convince the masses of people who are far less proficient. Those are the folks Microsoft needs to convert, and preferably with handsets that will actually earn it something back – so not just the dirt-cheap plastic slabs that have been largely driving sales of its OS. Anyways, this being a two-answers-question, the remaining 25.39% of votes were obviously cast by the skeptics among us, who don't believe the maker of Windows 10 has anything but a grim and grimmer future ahead of it. 

See the results for yourself:

Poll: Are you confident Microsoft will turn things around with Windows 10?

Yes, the future is looking bright for Microsoft
74.61%
No, grim and grimmer future ahead of Microsoft
25.39%

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29 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

If Windows 10, then desktop. If smartphone, then android still

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

For desktop, definitely Windows (Windows 10). For smartphone, choice matters.

5. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

i have a question does the new windows Mobile 10 support exe files ?

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

If you're referring whether Windows 10 for phones will run legacy software then I think the answer is a NO!.

11. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

thanks

14. hemedans

Posts: 753; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

they didnt say anything but that depend on intel with cherry trail. if it is true cherry trail will be smartphone/phablet soc then soon we will have smartphone which can run legacy software (.exe)

25. material

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

somebody ran win 98 on a phone. If someone can do something like this,it may run win32

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I think if developers adopt the path of "Universal Apps" then there is a great chance.

10. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

windows 10 is fine.. delaying flagship launch to Q3/Q4 will hurt them much more , by then everybody would have forgotten about it and Google will be on hype with android 5.1 , and apple with iOS 9

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7037; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Don't forget project Ara will be on the market by that time frame (limited).

21. fernancgf

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I like the idea of Project Ara but... To be honest, the people around me (average users) don't know that much about hardware... They will pick the higher specs just because they think that it should be faster and I don't like that... I will prefer regular phones with better pricing like the Nexus line (before Nexus 6) because I'm afraid that Project Ara could damage Android reputation... If the average user make a Project Ara device that doesn't preform as good as he expect because of his lack of knowledge he could blame Android and Google without reason...

3. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

For desktop - Linux (Chrome, Ubuntu, Mint) For mobile - still Linux (Android) I am happy to use Linux than windows

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It still exists.....lmao

13. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

You really still think Android is Linux? :D

16. hemedans

Posts: 753; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

chrome for desktop?? if you want linux on mobile use sailfish by jolla,

24. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

linux you must be living in stone age bro, as quick android has grown the linux flavors still crawl the path, the software support is too damn limited but you can have a free OS better than nothing

7. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

PA please add an option to vote from opera mini.... :p

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I fully think they are on the right track, they are the first OS that tries to have one OS for all devices and all interconected. And that's how I see the future.

15. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Microsoft just feels different than the M$ of old. Whether or not they succeed can only left to be seen.

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

IMO, PC should survive. I can't say I feel the same for WP, the mobile portion.

19. fernancgf

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

If developers see the potential of Universal Apps this will be amazing... Android is an amazing OS but Google will never be Microsoft... Don't get me wrong my smartphone is Android and I love it (Nexus 5) but imagine a fully integrated set of devices (PC-Laptop-Tablet-Phone-Xbox)! Google will never have that... Something like Apple but using as many hardware configurations as you can think of and adding the XBox. In the Desktop ecosystem saying that Microsoft isn't god is lying to our selves... last time I checked the 90% of the Desktop devices (considering laptops too) were Windows according to Wikipedia... (Article "Usage share of operating systems" I can't add the link) Guys... iOS+Android are around 90%-93% (Article Mobile operating system section Market share) of market share in smartphone business which means that Microsoft has in his hands the same market share in the desktop market than the two biggest contenders in the mobile ecosystem... and not only that... Microsoft is backed up by all the computers manufactures and software brands of the world because all of them use Microsoft OS... Samsung, ASUS, DELL, HP, Sony, Autodesk, Adobe, Intel, AMD... All of them use Windows and there's is no other option... In the mobile ecosystem you could be Android and have almost the half of the potential costumers or iOS and have almost the other have... In the desktop... You are Microsoft... End of story... If WP had the same apps than Android I'll be there already and even if I like Android let's be honest... The average consumer (80%-90% of the smartphone users) don't even know what "Root" and "ROM" means so the fact that we can use custom ROMs and install different Kernels and all of that is only interesting for a small part of the users (10%-20% thech developers or enthusiasts which means "us")... That 80%-90% use Android because thats what the guy at AT&T sold them, what they know that works... For the average consumer a Lumia 930 or Lumia 1520 are more than fine... Apple still use Dual-Core processor in the iPhone 6/6+ and sell millions... The users want smoothness and fluidity in their devices, not high specs because at the end of the day an average user doesn't even know if his camera has OIS and what it means, knows that the photos of the iPhone 6/6+ are really good... (Sorry for my English)

20. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I have the same opinion.

26. material

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Yup! Most Android Users don't know About android's feature/capability and are Easily attracted to IOS because of the hyped status quo/peer pressures / 'usability'. Also general iphone users do not feel like they need to upgrade to new iphone because it offer them nothing new (take pic , Listen music , make call , Apps) .

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I would never go iOS or Windows phone for one simple reason, I am accustomed to Android, It's what I know and I like it. It's more than just the quantity of apps because all three major platforms have all the major apps that everyone cares about, It's all about how familiar the user is with a given platform, I think this if why Windows 8 performed so poorly, because it was such a drastic departure from the traditional Windows user experience. But keeping with the subject of the article, I think Windows 10 will be far more widely accepted than Windows 8. I am certainly interested in trying it myself and I will as I'll qualify for a free copy. But in all honestly, I think I would rather just use a chrome book. Go ahead and yell at me because it's limited in functionality and all that crap. I know you're right, there's so much you can't do with Chrome OS. But in all honesty, I rarely do much of anything on a computer these day outside of my job except surf the web & stream content from services like Netflix, Hulu, & Pandora. Chrome OS is fast, safe, and effortless. I still have my home built tower running Windows 7 for all the productivity tools, and resource hungry tasks with its i7 processor, SSD, and 16 GB of RAM. But for many people these days, they're just looking for a simple window to the Internet without having to worry about tech support because an overly complex OS went and did something that people weren't expecting it to do, and they don't have the know how to resolve the matter themselves or know how to use Google to find answers.

22. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft has over a Billion people who use Windows PC's. To be frank with you folks they cannot please everybody. Windows 10 has a nice blend of the Old and New to make it work well enough for most folks to learn how to use and not complain. die hard Desktop fans will still complain that's a given fact. The one thing the Windows 10 OS for smart phones and tablets under 8 inches needs is a very good version of the "Blue Stacks" app that is now used on Windows 8 / 8.1 PC's that enables PC's to Run Android apps. such an app on Windows smart phones would tremendously close the Apps gap between Windows smart phones and Android smart phones. A third party apps maker or developer could make a lot of CASH $$ if they can make a good one for Windows smart phones. but beware of open source Android Apps hackers can make some really dangerous ones.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, it's definitely a step in the right direction from Windows 8. That being said, I really do like the simplicity of Windows 7 or even Chrome OS. Yeah, I know one is significantly limited compared to the other, but both are pretty much straight forward, easy to use, and naturally familiar making the user experience a pleasant one. I'll upgrade to Windows 10 when I get the chance simply because it'll be free for me, but I can't promise that I won't go back to Windows 7.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Their biggest strength is to tell a developer. Do you want 1.5billion customers? here is win10, create an app. And bam that app works on pcs, tablets, phones, even non screen devices. That is the power that they have. And does trump both android/ios at this point.

29. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

You are assuming people still buy and use Windows desktops like they did 10 years ago. They aren't. Win10 can come out and unless stuff like itunes, photoshop and old legacy windows apps come out as metro ones, nothing is going to change.

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