Much has been made about the Metro makeover Microsoft applied to Windows 8, and there are a number of ways you can see what all the fuss is about. For one, you can read detailed reviews, like the one we posted last month, or you can install the Release Preview, which is still available to download from Microsoft in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Yet another way to experience Windows 8 before it's made available to the general public is to head down to your local Best Buy.
There were reports that some Best Buy stores were already stocking store shelves with Windows 8 PCs from Hewlett-Packard, so I headed down to one that was local to me over the weekend to see for myself. Sure enough, I found a pair of laptops sitting side-by-side, both rocking the touch-friendly OS.
Since Windows 8 doesn't officially release to the masses until October 26, you can't actually take home these PCs, though you can pre-order one if you want. More importantly, if you don't have access to a system where you can install the Release Preview and spend some hands-on time with it, Best Buy's pre-release systems give you a chance to play around with Windows 8 and form your own opinion about the UI.
Depending on which Best Buy you visit, there may be just a couple of Windows 8 PCs on display, or there may be several, including all-in-one systems with touchscreens.