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Best Buy Announces Windows 8 Launch Offers, Exclusives

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Best Buy has invested a lot of time and money into making sure it's your one-stop shop for all Windows 8.

Best Buy is cashing in on the Windows 8 hype by offering special promotions and 45 exclusive Windows 8 products during the big launch on Friday, October 26.

For starters, the retailer has said that consumers can get at least $100 toward an Intel-inspired Ultrabook when they trade in a working laptop. Customers simply scan through a list provided online to find the value of their laptop, and then trade it in at a physical store or through Best Buy's website. The reward is a gift card that can be used against the Ultrabook's pricetag, and a cleaner environment thanks to the recycling of your old portable machine.

This Trade-In and Save program starts October 26, and ends November 17, Best Buy said.

Best Buy is also offering a complete PC home makeover from Samsung for $1,999 USD. This "makeover" includes the Samsung Series 5 Touch Screen Ultrabook, the Samsung Series 5 Touch Screen All-In-One and the Samsung Series 5 Laptop. Also thrown into this bundle is one year of Geek Squad Tech Support, Internet Security Software to protect against viruses and a PC-to-PC data transfer.

In addition to those two offers, Best Buy will knock $200 off an HP Premium Touch Windows 8 Ultrabook, and $200 off a Gateway All-In-One for the first three full days (Oct 26 to Oct 28). The company will also provide free Windows 8 video tutorials offering helpful tips about the new OS.

"Geek Squad Tech Support members (currently about 2.4 million) also will have exclusive access to a new online library of more than 60,000 video tutorials featuring Windows 8, and other popular software and technology topics beginning Oct. 26," the company said on Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal adds that Best Buy has invested around 50,000 hours in Windows 8 training for the staff and Geek Squad members. Each store will also have at least one "Microsoft Adviser" who has undergone extensive training, and roughly 20-percent of the company's 1,100 stores will actually have Microsoft personnel on hand.

The paper also reports that Best Buy will provide an "experience table" at the front of each store so that consumers can walk in and experience the new OS first-hand. Only 30-percent of the products will have touch initially.

Jason Bonfig, Best Buy's vice president for computing, said there may be more angst for customers because of the lack of familiarity. "Our staff is there to coach them through it," he added.

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    webbwbb , October 24, 2012 9:15 PM
    I will try to fix the title for you...

    "Best Buy Attempts to Create Hype for Windows 8 in Order to Save Brick & Mortar Stores"
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    back_by_demand , October 24, 2012 10:33 PM
    webbwbbI have had quite the opposite experience. I and everyone I know who has used the preview has hated it. You are in fact the first person I have heard of who actually liked it.

    There are more than a few, but the people that like it are almost frightened to post due to the bully tactics of the vocal haters, it isn't a popularity contest
    ...
    An article on The Register said it well:-
    Quote:
    You can also expect the howls of dismay from users trying Windows 8 for the first time to quieten eventually as world+dog gets more used to Microsoft's latest effort.

    The bullies that think they are right because they have a few bandwagoners will drift away and leave just a hardcore bunch of Apple or Google paid sycophants when from the expected 360 million+ PC's that are sold each year, next year at least 200 million have Windows 8 pre-installed, people get used to it, like it, and the bandwagoners just STFU for a change
    ...
    Bullies never win
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    dark_wizzie , October 24, 2012 9:05 PM
    As it stands for now, I won't even pirate Windows 8, let alone buy it.
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    dark_wizzie , October 24, 2012 9:06 PM
    "Cashing in on Windows 8 hype" There was Windows 8 hype? Since when?
  • 11 Hide
    webbwbb , October 24, 2012 9:15 PM
    I will try to fix the title for you...

    "Best Buy Attempts to Create Hype for Windows 8 in Order to Save Brick & Mortar Stores"
  • 9 Hide
    esrever , October 24, 2012 9:17 PM
    kind of sad that someone would post 2 comments 1 after another just to hate on something.
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    billgatez , October 24, 2012 9:18 PM
    Id rather hold on to my old laptop as those Windows 7 keys will be like gold when MS stops making Win 7.
    I also got a chuckle out of the phrase Windows 8 hype.
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    damianrobertjones , October 24, 2012 9:19 PM
    I'm finding Windows 8 fantastic and so are the other testers in work. Funny really as we're just simply using the operating system and it's really quite good. Was that too positive for a few of you? :) 
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    damianrobertjones , October 24, 2012 9:20 PM
    P.s. You have to be careful on Toms as people change their account name and then multiple post. Massive negative trend starts
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    webbwbb , October 24, 2012 9:29 PM
    damianrobertjonesI'm finding Windows 8 fantastic and so are the other testers in work. Funny really as we're just simply using the operating system and it's really quite good. Was that too positive for a few of you?


    I have had quite the opposite experience. I and everyone I know who has used the preview has hated it. You are in fact the first person I have heard of who actually liked it.
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    memadmax , October 24, 2012 9:31 PM
    I won't pirate windows either, RC was good enough for me...
    Besides that, me and the IT department head agreed that retraining everyone over a windows 7 patch was not compelling enough, oh and the social plugins are detrimental to work productivity as well...
    We need people to get work done, faster, not everyone posting how ugly their boss is on facebook.........
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    back_by_demand , October 24, 2012 10:33 PM
    webbwbbI have had quite the opposite experience. I and everyone I know who has used the preview has hated it. You are in fact the first person I have heard of who actually liked it.

    There are more than a few, but the people that like it are almost frightened to post due to the bully tactics of the vocal haters, it isn't a popularity contest
    ...
    An article on The Register said it well:-
    Quote:
    You can also expect the howls of dismay from users trying Windows 8 for the first time to quieten eventually as world+dog gets more used to Microsoft's latest effort.

    The bullies that think they are right because they have a few bandwagoners will drift away and leave just a hardcore bunch of Apple or Google paid sycophants when from the expected 360 million+ PC's that are sold each year, next year at least 200 million have Windows 8 pre-installed, people get used to it, like it, and the bandwagoners just STFU for a change
    ...
    Bullies never win
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    Wamphryi , October 24, 2012 10:34 PM
    Well I have installed the RTM version and at first I thought I may have done the wrong thing. However after some tweaking I can honestly say this OS makes the grade.

    Here is what to do. On the Metro Screen right click near the bottom of the screen. Clink on the all Apps button. Uninstall ALL apps that you don't want. This includes the music and video and picture apps. This will stop your system being taken over by apps when you click on files.

    Remove all the tiles you don't want off the Metro Screen. When you install Desktop Applications they will appear on the Metro Screen. When you have it how you want it you will find the Metro Screen is 10 times better than the old start menu. It is great for grouping programs, is very configurable and is actually good to look at once you have made it your own.

    There are heaps of little tweaks and tips to make this OS sing your song. I have mine so similar to Win 7 but with that added advantages of Win 8 that I can say hand on heart Win 8 is worth having.
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    festerovic , October 24, 2012 10:40 PM
    Microsoft Adviser: Yeah, you're gonna need to reformat and reinstall windows for that...
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    dark_wizzie , October 24, 2012 10:40 PM
    I'm not bullying anybody. If you like it, good for you. I don't, and I won't get it for the time being. How is that a problem?
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    back_by_demand , October 24, 2012 11:15 PM
    dark_wizzieI'm not bullying anybody. If you like it, good for you. I don't, and I won't get it for the time being. How is that a problem?

    Not you, but you have seen them floating around, multiple accounts to thumb down to infinity, using the old "everyone hates it" populist opinion arguement and flatout refusing to acknowledge the existence or effectiveness of any software that counters their sole arguement about Start menus and Metro screens, like ClassicShell, civilised discourse and technical merit are dirty words and it descends into childish name calling
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    SteelCity1981 , October 24, 2012 11:48 PM
    So when can we except MS to start working on Windows 9
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    Wamphryi , October 24, 2012 11:54 PM
    Another very useful tip is to right click on the desktop select personalize then select change desktop icons and the trusty Computer Icon and a Control Panel Icon are there to be selected and put on your desktop. This allows the traditional user to go straight to where they need to without any dramas.
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    SteelCity1981 , October 25, 2012 12:05 AM
    WamphryiAnother very useful tip is to right click on the desktop select personalize then select change desktop icons and the trusty Computer Icon and a Control Panel Icon are there to be selected and put on your desktop. This allows the traditional user to go straight to where they need to without any dramas.


    Still doesn't help the lack of start menu or the fact that modern ui can' be turned off or uninstalled for that matter.
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    back_by_demand , October 25, 2012 12:16 AM
    SteelCity1981Still doesn't help the lack of start menu or the fact that modern ui can' be turned off or uninstalled for that matter.

    You can't uninstall Explorer either, but that doesn't stop a healthy trade in alternate file explorers.
    ClassicShell.
    Spend 30 seconds on Google and realise that this sad arguement is just getting boring now.
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    back_by_demand , October 25, 2012 12:19 AM
    SteelCity1981So when can we except MS to start working on Windows 9

    Probably already well into Windows 10, if you think about a 3 year release cycle then having an active R&D budget as big as they do i'm sure there are already crazy ideas floating around
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    john_4 , October 25, 2012 12:26 AM
    You can keep 8 MS, really, keep it and shove it up into a dark stinky area in your company.
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