Gartner: Windows 8.1

imageWhat is Gartner saying about Windows 8.1?  Michael A. Silver and Stephen Kleynhans posted the following on May 30, 2013.

Windows 8.1 Could Become What Windows 8.0 Should Have Been

Microsoft seeks to regain the confidence of Windows 8 detractors through Windows 8.1, which Gartner views as a significant improvement over its predecessor. Organizations should consider Windows 8.1 at minimum for new devices.

Gartner’s Recommendations:

Gartner’s advice for organizations is preliminary and may change as Microsoft provides further details on Windows 8.1. Based on the information currently available:

  • If you have considered Windows 8.0 only for touch-based devices, evaluate Windows 8.1 for broader deployment.
  • If you have been avoiding Windows 8.0 but usually prefer to adopt a new OS via PC refresh, consider deploying Windows 8.1 on newly purchased PCs after you have completed the requisite testing — especially with IE 11.
  • If you are engaged in the early planning phases of Windows 8 projects, pilot on Windows 8 if it makes sense, but switch to the Windows 8.1 beta as soon as possible. Plan to use Windows 8.1 for production deployments.

Read the entire article:  ID Number G00253274

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