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…

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • 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.