I work in a small office with 6-8 PCs. None of us have formal IT training. We have a "server" which uses desktop Windows XP, to run "server" versions of our software. We have about 5 user accounts on our system. Backup, remote access etc is handled by third party software, and we use debian Linux for email and web functions. Because of the simplicity of our system costs have been minimal as we are able to almost completely manage our network without requiring services of IT professionals for many years.
It is coming time to replace our "server" because XP is soon becoming unsupported and because of some relatively minor network annoyances. I would like some impartial advice as to which version of Windows would be most suitable for our business. The choices include Win Server Essentials 2012, Win Home Server 2011, Win 7 Pro and Win 8.1 Pro.
We would like to continue to manage our network ourselves without undue reliance on IT professionals.
Could somebody please advise.