Best Buy to offer $100 discount on Windows 8 touch-screen PCs

Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:31pm EST

Feb 22 (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc will offer a $100 discount for customers buying Windows 8 touch-screen laptops or all-in-one computers, starting on Sunday, in an attempt to boost sales of Microsoft's touch-screen computing devices.

Based on its research, the world's largest electronics retailer said its customers who purchased a Windows 8 touch-screen computing device tended to like the experience more than those using the software on a non-touch device.

The survey - conducted in December 2012 - had a sample size of 6,246 customers, who purchased any Windows 8 product from Best Buy between Oct. 26 and Nov. 22, 2012.

"Since Windows 8 launched in October, we've seen a lot of customer interest in touch screen computing devices," the company said in a statement.

Microsoft, however, has faced criticism for its latest Windows 8 versions for different devices. The company's Surface tablet-laptop hybrid that runs Windows 8 pro, received largely negative reviews from U.S. tech writers.

Best Buy said the deal would run until March 9.

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compuman wrote:
Bill/Steve; By an odd chance, I hope that you come upon this comment… What werre you thinking pushing Windows 8 to legacy desktops & laptops? It is a disaster to say the least. As a die-hard windows-based technician (who’s been in the business over 30 years); I, as well as some savvy customers, liken Windows 8 to Windows Millenium Edition (and need I remind you of that colossal mistake). Windows 8 maybe great for touch devices, but you should have made a retro look and feel design of 8 for traditional desktops & laptops. Hopefully, you’ll consider a Service Pack that does this, as Windows 8 is a drastic change for those used to the Windows standard (of easily found shutdown/restart features; i.e. a START BUTTON). Best Buy’s $100 offer is good, but judging via my customers, and experience; $100 does not susbstitute for the frustration the new look Windows 8 causes. In an honest nutshell, it’s semi-garbage.

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