Microsoft announces retail store locations

It has been known for some time now that Microsoft is planning on opening retail stores around the United States later this year; the announcement was made back in February when Microsoft appointed David Porter as Corporate Vice President of retail stores.

Today the company finally confirmed to CNET News that the first two stores will open in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California. The company has said that it has signed the leases in both cities, and is now in the process of getting things ready for the launch this fall.

In a statement, Microsoft spokeswoman Kim Stocks said "Over a billion people use our products every day yet we don't always have a way to directly connect with them. We see the physical stores, as well as a consistent online experience, helping that."

But the experience that Stocks is talking about isn't going to be strictly in the United States, Microsoft is still planning on launching stores globally in the future as we reported earlier this year. However the company didn't have any comment as to where they plan on launching stores at in other parts of the world.

In addition to what was announced today, late last week documents were leaked revealing the possible layout of the stores that will be launched later this year. Take a look at the concepts:


Microsoft wouldn't comment on what operations at the store will be like, but according to the documents that leaked last week it appears that Microsoft will be focusing on Windows 7, Xbox, Windows Media Center (Including Microsoft Surface), Windows Mobile, and Codename Pink.

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The Zune is noticeably absent from that layout. Seems strange with the Zune HD coming out, you'd think they would want to showcase it.

Everything you see is easily summed up in the last sentence:

"the possible layout of the stores that will be launched later this year. Take a look at the concepts:"

So I doubt they didnt plan a store without the Zune.

Why didn't they lease the Circuit City Hollywood property?!?!?! I wish they did, I could have told them how they needed a plumber because of everything leaking, even the store concept.

I'm just north of Mission Viejo, so I'm kinda excited. Mission Viejo is about 50 miles south of LA. If you're willing to make the drive, it really isn't too long.

I for one REALLY can't wait to see one of these things. I hope Microsoft brings one to a city near me as soon as possible (I'd be there all the time. LOL). Maybe Philadelphia? There's an Apple store down there, maybe Microsoft can open across the walkway...

It's good to see a XBox place in the proposed floor space. Given how little space some stores give to games these days.

Will give the Sony store a run for it's money, they don't even stock SONY Ericsson or the PS3 in Sony stores, no wonder they are always empty.

This store will see Microsoft competing with the likes of not just Apple, but Sony, Nintendo, and others. Maybe google will be next?

From the new post (above)
"Over a billion people use our products every day yet we don't always have a way to directly connect with them. We see the physical stores, as well as a consistent online experience, helping that."

cant wait to see what these stores will look like.. but i'd doubt they'd match the hype around apples fifth avenue store in NYC

We need one in Toronto Canada MS with a killer zune section as well as PC games section.
place it @ Yonge and Dundas, mad traffic.

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah, I wonder how they decided on those locations... I want one near me... :(

just open a Apple Store near you, ms will open a store...

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