Microsoft is one step closer to opening UK retail location

Microsoft has been opening retail locations all across the United States for some time but has also promised international expansion too. If you live in United Kingdom, Microsoft has made a small step towards opening a new store by officially incorporating in the United Kingdom.

Now we realize this information is a bit dated as the incorporation happened back March but it is clearly for a Microsoft retail location. While this does not give us any insight in to when the stores will open, this is the first step toward being able to legally do so in that country.

In a conversation with Mary Jo Foley, she pointed out that Microsoft typically makes store related announcements at the World Wide Partner conference which is happening in July in Toronto. 

As Michael Gillett stated on Twitter, you would think that Microsoft would want a store open in that region before the launch of Surface but as of now, the company has not made any official statements on its UK retail locations. 

While we still do not have a lot to go on, for those of you who are in the UK, Microsoft is one legal step closer to opening a new store in that market. Hopefully next month Microsoft will provide a better light on its international plans, but until then, this is all we have, for now. 

Thanks for the tip KibosJ!

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Yay! Finally. I wonder how long it will be before they bring one to the North West (particularly Manchester and Liverpool).

They might as well Open one in Ocala, Florida at the mall so I can be close to one, at least there is one opening in Orlando FL but at least open one in Ocala FL too .

The first UK Microsoft Store is most likely to be in London, much like the very first UK Apple Store.

There are Apple stores in both Bluewater and Lakeside, so I expect MS stores to appear there pretty quickly. Obviously they also need a central London location in a listed building.

If they do announce Microsoft Stores at a Worldwide Partner Conference, I'd be a bit miffed if they don't simultaneously announce a store in this year's host country.

This time, they don't have the same excuse they had with the Zune with respect to music licensing.

edit: Oh wait, they did. Sweet.

Edited by Denis W., Jun 22 2012, 7:46pm :

So what will they offer that other retail outlets don't offer already? If its the opportunity to browse only one brand then I will make note to be happy when there is something from MS that I want.. just hope they have loads of them.

Apple, MS.. I really don't care, give me the best deal for my money and Im interested.

Orange Battery said,
So what will they offer that other retail outlets don't offer already? If its the opportunity to browse only one brand then I will make note to be happy when there is something from MS that I want.. just hope they have loads of them.

Apple, MS.. I really don't care, give me the best deal for my money and Im interested.

I generally agree. The only thing that the Microsoft Stores do that I find interesting is they offer custom built versions of OEM laptops that include vanilla installs of Windows without any bloatware.

Still, I'd never go to one of their stores because I try to avoid the high street and do all my shopping online

Although, on Microsoft's Store web site, there is a job posting for a manager position, however, there are still no posts for sales reps yet.

I went all the way to the US to visit a Microsoft store (from the UK) and still didn't end up going to one.

However I'd rather make a second trip to the US to go to one than go to London again. Ew.

Tom said,
I went all the way to the US to visit a Microsoft store (from the UK) and still didn't end up going to one.

However I'd rather make a second trip to the US to go to one than go to London again. Ew.


DON'T YOU BE TALKIN ABOUT MY PRECIOUS LONDON BOY.

Xerax said,

DON'T YOU BE TALKIN ABOUT MY PRECIOUS LONDON BOY.

Kill it with fire...
Oh wait, someone already tried once...