Microsoft (MSFT) ships Windows 8
.1 today. Windows XP support reaches its end of life on April 8, 2014. And Windows 7
continues to hum along. For VARs preparing to refresh customer PCs and mobile devices, what's the best path forward? Here are a few educated guesses from The VAR Guy.
Yes, Windows 8.1 addresses many of Windows 8.0's shortcomings. That could be good news for consumers. And in the corporate market, there's certainly interest in Windows 8.1 on tablets and mobile touch systems. But most market research firms and analyst organizations -- Forrester, Gartner and IDC among them -- continue to recommend Windows 7 as the ideal PC operating system for most corporate desktops and laptops.