I did not give a second thought to Windows 8 but 8.1 has caught my attention. Research shows that it is best to upgrade to 8 PRO to be able to upgrade and keep personal settings and applications in place. Then immediately upgrade to 8.1. Cheaper too. 8 PRO retail has cost me £56 a pop. The key benefit is the search functionality and Secure Boot. Search will replace our flaky Copernic software and Secure Boot further protects clients data from malware. Truecrypt may not be needed now.
The only heartache will be that SkyDrive is so tightly integrated that I might have second thoughts about the beloved Dropbox. We'll see. Anything major and I will, of course, post right here.