4. Windows 8 Struggles
It's been a tough year for Microsoft. The company's newest operating system struggled to jumpstart PC sales this year, and while some channel partners reported little to no demand for Windows 8, others were actively downgrading clients to Windows 7. Part of the issue was the brand new interface that was designed for a touchscreen experience, which proved too unfamiliar for many PC users. Another issue was the removal of the "Start Menu" button, which robbed users of a much-needed light post. While the release of Windows 8.1 has helped fix some issues, VARs are still waiting for the OS to have a positive impact on their businesses.