To make sure it's easy for you to get your hands on new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, Microsoft plans to open more than 30 holiday stores across the United States.
A brief check of the Microsoft Store site suggests most of these stores will be operational on October 26. You can find a complete list of regular and Holiday Store locations on the Microsoft Store site.
5 Windows 8 devices to watch
Many new tablets, hybrid notebooks, and regular PCs are lining up to ship on or shortly after the Windows 8 release on October 26. Here are five devices to keep your eye on.
Acer Iconia W700
Scheduled for release on October 26, the Acer Iconia W700 features an 11.6-inch display with 1920 by 1080 resolution, Intel Core i3 or Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors, a USB 3.0 port with another three full-size USB ports in the bundled cradle, micro HDMI, 64GB or 128GB SSD storage, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and up to eight hours of battery life.
The W700 weighs 2.3 pounds and measures less than half an inch thick. It can be used as a tablet or docked in a desktop cradle with an accompanying keyboard. Pricing for the W700 starts at $800.
Samsung Ativ Smart PC
The Smart PC will be released before the end of the year and AT&T will carry a wireless broadband version in time for the holidays.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
Lenovo's Windows 8-powered touch tablet has a 10.1-inch screen, Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 3G and 4G connectivity, optional keyboard dock, and a weight of 1.3 pounds.
Pricing has yet to be announced and Lenovo has only said the device will be available in October when Windows 8 launches.