Microsoft opening new store in same mall as Apple store on iPhone 4 day

Take a deep breath after reading that headline, no we didn't make it up.

Microsoft plans to open its second retail store in California on June 24, the same day Apple launches its iPhone 4 device. As if that wasn't enough co-incidence for you, the new store will be four shops away from Apple's own store in Fashion Valley Mall, San Diego. Queues are expected for both stores and you can rest assured that Microsoft will try and tease shoppers into their new store with promises of free Zune HDs and software, they did this at previous store launches.

Microsoft's San Diego store will be the fourth, joining the first two locations in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California and recently opened Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colorado. Microsoft is also planning to open a fifth store in the Seattle area. The Microsoft Store's offer all of the Microsoft products found through online retailers and inside major retail chains, including keyboards and mice, Windows 7, Xbox360 and many more products. Apple currently has 222 stores in the United States alone, and 287 total stores worldwide, including 27 in the UK and 14 in Canada.

Joe Wilcox of BetaNews points out that this could end up in fanboy vs fanboy. We've seen this before when an iPad owner demonstrating his new gadget outside a Microsoft store, was ushered away by a Microsoft store employee and mall security. The question is, which queue will be longer on June 24 and will you be there as Mac or PC?

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.hasan said,

are you kidding me? no tech site ever has to encourage debate between fan boys. whether they are Microsoft, Apple or Google fan boys, they all have something to say!

I'm a comment fanboy. +1!

majortom1981 said,
I think microsoft would draw a LOT of business that day if they had natal demos in store that day.
Good point.

Xero said,
I guess they want to see what it looks like when customers actually line up outside
LOL. I still don't think it's that big of a deal tbh...

Xero said,
I guess they want to see what it looks like when customers actually line up outside

Yea, because thats it....*sarcasm*

techbeck said,
Yea, because thats it....*sarcasm*
It was a joke bud. It's not even news worthy, might as well get a laugh from it.

Really, this is no big f'ing deal. Who ares MS is opening a store close to an Apple store when the new praised iPhone is released. I highly doubt it has anything to do with upsetting Apple...MS doesnt operate or market that way. I bet the store was even planned before the release date of the iPhone was posted. This is nothing more than coincidence...but as always, people will make it out to be more than what it is.

Hello,

There is also a SONY Style store in the mall at the west end on the second floor.

I am about a 15 minute drive away from the mall at work (plus another 15 minutes looking around for parking, usually ) and am looking forward to visiting Microsoft's new store!

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

You know, Microsoft killed Ashton-Tale dbase, Netscape, Sun Microsystems and severely wounded others but there's no chance they will ever beat Apple. Sorry... it ain't happening

crazyfish said,
You know, Microsoft killed Ashton-Tale dbase, Netscape, Sun Microsystems and severely wounded others but there's no chance they will ever beat Apple. Sorry... it ain't happening

Apple will beat themselves up if they keep on the trail they have been following.
A MS store though... isn't that just a best buy?

shakey said,

Apple will beat themselves up if they keep on the trail they have been following.
A MS store though... isn't that just a best buy?
That's exactly what it is, but with more MS brand keyboards.

satukoro said,
That's exactly what it is, but with more MS brand keyboards.

less monster, more MS.... not sure which poison i'd rather take lol

Some dude will buy an iPhone 4, go in front of the Microsoft store and start teasing customers of the Microsoft camp.

Funny things will happen on June 24.

I wouldn't walk into either store unless my sole intention was to merely test drive something.
Why would I want to pay jacked up prices in lieu of the same product, less expensive, on-line?

I can see people queuing up, being impatient and starting to yell at each other how good there product is. However, the fact that the stores are only a few metres separated should not really be a big deal because I'm sture both audiences are grown up adults with manners.

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