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  • Microsoft's First Store Opening "Imminent"

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    Microsoft ís first store is ready to open and it could as early as Monday according to multiple published reports. Phoenix will play host to the first store as the software maker ups the ante in its competitive posturing with Apple.

    As Reuters reported this weekend, the timing for Microsoft is perfect, as Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system also rolls out next week.
    Expectations are running high that its first store, in the Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, Arizona, will open next week, to coincide with the launch of Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system next Thursday.
    Microsoft has hinted that the new store will be a grand showcase of all things Microsoft - from mobile phones demonstrating Microsoft software to Xbox 360 game consoles. It has also been reported that visitors to the store will have an opportunity to play Xbox 360 on a giant 94-inch in-house screen.

    With a close friend living in Phoenix, I'm told foot traffic by the location of Microsoft's store has been "overwhelming."

    Microsoft has so far been coy about its retail plans and a company spokeswoman would not officially pin down an opening date beyond "the fall." Chief executive Steve Ballmer teased reporters with an imminent opening on Friday, but also would not commit to a date.
    Combating Apple in the retail department won't be easy, but Microsoft has said the stores will exist to help create more "direct connections" with Microsoft hardware and software users, one area in which Apple presently has Microsoft beat hands down.

    Microsoft's David Porter, corporate VP of retail stores said, "Our customers have told us they want more choice, more value, and better service, and that's what we'll deliver through our Microsoft Stores."

    Despite earlier reports that Microsoft would only open its stores "right next door" to Apple stores, it seems that plan has now changed.

    "We'll open a couple of stores, try to improve, open a couple more stores," Ballmer said.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft's First Store Opening "Imminent" started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. daching's Avatar
      daching -
      Wait, Microsoft doesn't have a store yet?
      They must be way behind Apple.
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      hmmmm i may apply for a job there
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Just in time for Christmas .
    1. Reket's Avatar
      Reket -
      Perfect timing in opening that store. Right for the holiday season. I think they should have opened their first store in NYC tho...
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      That's surprising. Microsoft doesn't even have a store. That's why Apple is beating them. NOT! However, it is the best time for holidays and possibly, birthdays.
    1. sk8er982's Avatar
      sk8er982 -
      I work right next to the Microsoft store in Mission Viejo.

      Ive been watching the store as they have been setting it up.

      Its in the old arden b spot.

      Its HUGH! You could fit 3 good size stores inside this store.

      I cant see much of the store other then the barracade outside.

      Ill try to upload a picture from where im sitting.
      Photobucket
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by sk8er982 View Post
      I work right next to the Microsoft store in Mission Viejo.

      Ive been watching the store as they have been setting it up.

      Its in the old arden b spot.

      Its HUGH! You could fit 3 good size store inside this store.

      I cant see much of the store other then the barracade outside.

      Ill try to upload a picture from where im sitting.
      Photobucket
      lol keep us updated!, we wana see the inside of the store when its done
    1. Sherm23's Avatar
      Sherm23 -
      i wonder if the will have a Genius Bar...they could call it the Geniuser Bar! I bet a bunch of their employees will have iPhones.
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      Wow thats great news i so glad they are making a Microsoft store, thats all i need is a place to find cool stuff for any of my 6 computers, either windows 2000, windows XP Home, windows XP professional,windows vista business windows 7 professional, windows 7 unlimited
    1. sk8er982's Avatar
      sk8er982 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ultimatexpka View Post
      lol keep us updated!, we wana see the inside of the store when its done
      i will do that!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Great Ideas.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      That's surprising. Microsoft doesn't even have a store. That's why Apple is beating them.
      Um, what? In what universe is THAT true?

      Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk283 View Post
      Wow thats great news i so glad they are making a Microsoft store, thats all i need is a place to find cool stuff for any of my 6 computers, either windows 2000, windows XP Home, windows XP professional,windows vista business windows 7 professional, windows 7 unlimited
      Brag much? Half of what you just listed is garbage by today's standards anyway.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Um, what? In what universe is THAT true?
      Wait, never mind, what I just said isn't exactly true. Microsoft beats Apple in money while Apple beats Microsoft in making their products sexy.
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      wow microsoft is waaaay behind... haha, shows how desperate they are. and their products are sheer GARBAGE! i'll run it on my mbp only for compatibility issues with software i use for work, but do i prefer to? hell the f*** no!
    1. 08lexus250's Avatar
      08lexus250 -
      they sure are way behind =/
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      what doesnt make sense is that the store should open in seattle double you tee eff i wanna see it though i'm applying to an apple retail store right now and live right next to it hah
    1. akash_nu's Avatar
      akash_nu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      I've walked by that spot quite a few times in the last few months. I work just down the street from there now, so on the way home from work I think I'll stop by and check it out, maybe snap some pictures if anyone is interested.
      Yeah do upload some pics. We wanna see the 1st ever Microsoft store
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Starting to fight the uphill battle. Good luck MS
    1. iamcecil's Avatar
      iamcecil -
      What exactly do they sell at the Microsoft store? Maybe they'll have replacement control-alt-delete buttons.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      So......... microsoft is going to open a store and sell Xbox 360's and Zunes? Stacks of Windows 7 and Office lining the isle's up and down? They don't manufacture computers like APPLE and need a store.