At the end of this month, Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8 will finally be available for purchase. Between now and then, we’re going to see a lot of promotion to get the word out regarding the new OS. Today, marks the start of the big push in advertising that the company will do to promote the OS.
But, in addition to this, computers running on Windows 8 have started to show up at retail locations so that customers can have a first hand encounter with the OS prior to its official availability. Over the weekend, reporters for the blog Electronista found themselves at local Best Buy locations within Charlottesville, VA and low and behold, 3 computers running Windows 8 were available for viewing. Now, these were promotional units only and although prices were listed on the PCs, the devices were only available for pre-order.
The three models that were at Best Buy included an HP AIO computer and a Lenovo ultrabook, both for $1,000 and a second HP device in the form of an ultrabook which was selling for $850. Aside from Windows 8, similar on all three devices was touch functionality. Although there are were only three machines at Best Buy, the presentation shelves did have more then enough room for additional machines, which would only make sense.