Best Buy getting ready for Windows 8

So this is where it becomes fun.

I get to go out and see how the rest of the world sees Windows 8. Well this is very interesting.

I visited 4 different Best Buy stores in the Los Angeles area and surprisingly, very few seem like they are ready for Windows 8.

Out of all the stores I visited, only one had a Windows 8 display up and the staff were still getting ready and struggling with the installs.

I was told that they weren’t allowed to have Windows 8 installed on the display devices but a mock-up preview version of the Operating System until the 26th of October.

When I did see a display, it only was partially stocked with a couple of HP devices that actually had Windows 8 running.

Interestingly, most of the staff I spoke to were unable to didn’t seem to know anything about the Operating System at all. They all kept talking about the 26th of October.

I felt like shaking them and screaming “That’s in 2 weeks!!”.   It seems like the Windows 8 sales training videos haven’t made it to these parts yet.  🙂

The other thing to be concerned about in these stores is the wi-fi connections that are shared across the store.

I played around with the HP all In One on the the right in the picture above and when I went to the Windows Store, it took FOREVER to come up. Now of course I know that’s because of the weak wi-fi but I can tell you that I saw a couple of brand new consumers wondering “why it’s so slow”.

That’s something that needs to be fixed by Microsoft/Best Buy otherwise consumers will get the wrong impression while checking the devices out for the first time.

The 26th is coming soon and from what I saw, there’s a WHOLE LOT OF WORK left for retailers to do.

I’ll keep you updated…

  • bud latanville

    you’re counting on the staff of a Best Buy to know much of anything except how to find product in their database and how to push the extended warranty on uninformed customers? You, sir, live with rosy-coloured glasses on! 🙂

    • Onuora Amobi


      You have a good point…

      • bud latanville


  • schloch

    Re: brand new consumers wondering “why it’s so slow”
    How did those babies make that known?

    • Onuora Amobi

      By wondering to a sales person, why’s it so slow?

  • voleheart

    some people just dont know how to sell a good product. Onuora are you going to stop being an Apple guy and help out??

    • Onuora Amobi

      I don’t know dude.. That Apple stock is soooo good.


      • voleheart

        and you have a site about windows 8. why dont you really help the windows effort?

        • Onuora Amobi

          I guess sarcasm is lost on you huh?


          • voleheart

            sometimes. but really AAPL is doing great and at an all time high so not really sarcasm. you really need help.

          • Onuora Amobi

            Thanks for the comment.

            I give up.

          • voleheart

            good. i finally won with you.