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#1 MorganX

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 00:01

Made first trip to a MS Store at the mall today. Very well done. Nice and antiseptic like Apple Stores only more color and Xbox walls.

A whole lot more foot traffic than I expected in the 20 mins I browsed and played around. Windows Phones got the most attention. Large AIO touch PCs second most, and third Surfaces that got lots of hands on, especially the touch cover.

People stayed with the phones, women were really into the touch screens but like Surface, after the initial hook, didn't seem to hang with it long.

Anyway, Windows 8 definitely gets people's attention with touch. But people just scroll around and don't do much. I think Microsoft has a winner with the look & feel. Just need more substance.

Went to Microcenter after, bustling. Anyone who thinks big rigs, geeks, and the Desktop Environment are on the way out are out of touch. Seeing how people are attracted to Windows 8, but it just doesn't do a whole lot after the initial impression leads me to believe Microsoft really needs to get is app act together. Release a Zunes 8 middleware, get more apps, games, whatever that run in Modern UI, well.

And I think it was a Mistake for MS to alienate so many geek types. They really should throw them a bone and get them on board.

Actual software and apps aside though, MS did a great job with the store, and the foot traffic is definitely there.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 00:21

MS really needs to do something special on the software side with touch. The hardware is pretty good but there aren't many Windows 8 (modern) apps that get me excited.

That and they need to fix Xbox Music integration in Windows 8/WP8/Xbox. That could be a big selling point but it's just not there yet.

They should also talk up Skydrive more because it works great.

#3 Stoffel

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:01

I wish they had one here in Honduras :)

#4 1941

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:03

We don't have one near where I live either.

#5 Jacky L.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:07

Here's a list of the locations if anyone's interested: http://content.micro...ookup/allstores

#6 Growled

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:13

I've been in a couple of Microsoft stores and they are very well done. I've been meaning to go in and check out their Windows 8 offerings but I just haven't had the time. It's definitely worth a go.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:19

I've never actually been inside before, but at the grand opening of the store near me they had Lenny Kravitz play a concert in the parking lot. :p

#8 vcfan

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:52

oh the apps and games are coming. it hasn't been released long enough for this killer apps to show up yet. Development takes time,especially big projects.

These full game and physics engines are already ported to Windows8/RT and Windows Phone 8; Unity 3D, Unreal Engine 3, PhysX and Havok and there are probably a lot more.

#9 Growled

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:57

oh the apps and games are coming. it hasn't been released long enough for this killer apps to show up yet. Development takes time,especially big projects.


That's the reason I'm excited about the next Windows release. It should be awesome.