Based on Microsoft's announcements around this year's refresh of Windows 8, that will add features and help satisfy customer complaints, Gartner has released new guidance about Windows 8.1.
There's a full guidance document you can download, but it breaks down like this:
- 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.
Download the guidance document: Windows 8.1 Could Become What Windows 8.0 Should Have Been
What do you think? Is Gartner still relevant enough that their recommendations alter your company's direction?