What Windows 10 needs to get right to avoid another Vista moment

Microsoft’s biggest launch in the last few years must go right, or the company might end up with users stuck on Windows 7 forever

Windows 10 might be Microsoft’s final version of its 29-year-old operating system, but there are quite a few things it must get right for it to be the next XP – and not the next Vista.

The first thing it has to do is convince users that it isn’t Windows 8. For most, Windows 7 had erased the bad memories of Windows Vista, which launched with bugs galore and made for very painful upgrades.

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‘Happy Birthday!’ is dead, and it’s all Facebook’s fault

Facebook’s SMS notification allows users to post a birthday wish by replying with ‘1′ – meaning it would be more heartfelt to send ‘Wibble!’ to your friends

Good news! Birthday wishes are finally meaningless. All the birthday cards you’ve ever posted, all the tender heartfelt messages sent to loved ones, all the dates seared into your memory through years of joy, are now utterly invalidated, so we should all stop bothering and move on with our lives.

If you’re wondering who to thank from freeing us of the burden of caring about arbitrary dates, it’s Facebook. Thanks to them, the phrase “Happy Birthday!” is now a hollow shell. Why? This:

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Windows 10 upgrade: how was it for you?

Microsoft’s new and final version of Windows has been released. Have you upgraded yet? Tell us how you fared

Microsoft has released Windows 10, the latest, and final, version of its operating system. It’s available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users (there was no Windows 9!) Have you upgraded yet? How long did it take? Did you have any problems? Do you like the new Windows? Or is it nothing compared with Windows 3.1? Let us know in the comments below.

Read our four-star review of Windows 10

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Hugh Jackman crowdsources plot for his final Wolverine

Australian actor posts thank you video praising ‘amazing response’ after his initial message is retweeted almost 10,000 times

Hugh Jackman has asked fans on Twitter to help decide how his 15-year career as superhero Wolverine comes to an end.

The Australian actor, who has portrayed the adamantium-clawed mutant in seven movies stretching back to 2000’s X-Men, is due to return in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse and an as-yet-untitled third solo outing in 2017. He posted an image from the latter film on Monday night and asked fans to contribute ideas.

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