Microsoft Store to open in Boston this summer

Microsoft continues to expand its Microsoft Store locations in the US. This week, the Microsoft Store web site confirmed that a new Boston retail store would open sometime later this summer. The specific location will be the Shops at Prudential Center mall in Copley Square. It will be the first Microsoft Store location in the state of Massachusetts.

The Boston Herald website reports that the location of the mall where the Boston Microsoft Store will be placed is across the street from a Apple store.

Microsoft currently has 16 locations open in the US for its Microsoft Store retail operation. Besides Boston, future stores are also scheduled to open in Danbury, Connecticut,  Overland Park, Kansas, and two locations in New Jersey, Bridgewater and Freehold. which would bring the total number of Microsoft Store locations to 21.

Back in July 2011, Microsoft revealed it had plans to open 75 new Microsoft Store locations over the next two to three years, back when it had 10 stores open. So far the number of new store openings and announcements has not yet kept pace with Microsoft's previously announced plans. Microsoft also said it was going to launch Microsoft Store locations outside the US but so far this has not happened.

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i think ms could be making a mistake opening up so many stores this rapidly, with the slow collapse of best buy, it seems like they will face the same demise

xpclient said,
Never been to an MS Store. Are they closed on weekends? When are working people supposed to visit then?

The stores are open every day, but I assume HR isn't. MS store employees are full blue badge employees like other FTEs, its a pretty nice gig.

I live in White Plains, NY where we have an insanely large mall. We are about 20 mins outside of NYC. I went on craigslist 2 days ago, and Microsoft has 8 different job listings for a Microsoft Store in White Plains, NY. It is definitely going in "The Westchester" (our mall), and soon. I wouldn't be suprised if they keep the tradition up and open directly across from the Apple Store in there. So to add to this article, there is one opening up in White Plains, NY SOON!!! Can't Wait! :-)

metsfan421 said,
I live in White Plains, NY where we have an insanely large mall. We are about 20 mins outside of NYC. I went on craigslist 2 days ago, and Microsoft has 8 different job listings for a Microsoft Store in White Plains, NY. It is definitely going in "The Westchester" (our mall), and soon. I wouldn't be suprised if they keep the tradition up and open directly across from the Apple Store in there. So to add to this article, there is one opening up in White Plains, NY SOON!!! Can't Wait! :-)

Awesome. It's about time the East Coast gets some love... lol

I was a the Prudential mall this Tuesday an the signage went up Wednesday on the white construction walls. The store which looks enormous given the size of the construction walls up right now is in the center atrium area where all of the mall's corridors come together. It will be a huge visibility location in one of the busiest malls in our state with tons of shopper and tourist foot traffic.

scorp508 said,
I was a the Prudential mall this Tuesday an the signage went up Wednesday on the white construction walls. The store which looks enormous given the size of the construction walls up right now is in the center atrium area where all of the mall's corridors come together. It will be a huge visibility location in one of the busiest malls in our state with tons of shopper and tourist foot traffic.

Nice, sounds like they picked a great location in the mall. It sucks for shops that are stuck all the way to one end of the mall etc, the closer to the center you can get the better.

scorp508 said,
I was a the Prudential mall this Tuesday an the signage went up Wednesday on the white construction walls. The store which looks enormous given the size of the construction walls up right now is in the center atrium area where all of the mall's corridors come together. It will be a huge visibility location in one of the busiest malls in our state with tons of shopper and tourist foot traffic.

I thought the Natick mall would've been a better pick.

Good choice. Apple's got corporate offices in 111 Huntington (one of the buildings that connect to that mall) as well.

BajiRav said,

I thought the Natick mall would've been a better pick.

Natick mall is nice, but they would have given up a lot of customers since it is hard to get to with out a car or playing the commuter rail and bus game. I figure that's why Burlington also wasn't chosen yet. Much more visibility at the Pru and nearby the two Microsoft buildings in Cambridge.

MS, i remember, said they're going to slow down the opening of new stores, which they've done, so that's why they're not keeping pace. IIRC this was said by their CFO at some point last year.

Anyways, there's no rush in this, best to make them when you know you'll do well instead of flooding the market and then having to turn around and close them later.

Cyborg_X said,

LOL Apple invented the store now.


Look at the presentation and the grand openings of each store. It's a blatant imitation of Apple stores.

AWilliams87 said,

Look at the presentation and the grand openings of each store. It's a blatant imitation of Apple stores.

Stores had grand openings long before Apple Stores existed.

AWilliams87 said,

I said they're imitating the Apple store openings and presentation.

No because apple has transparent and white color and Microsoft stores has four colors additionally there are no kinects in apple store

Cyborg_X said,

LOL Apple invented the store now.

15,000 years ago, some guy traded a chicken for a flint axe. I hear Apple is planning on suing those two people's estate, claiming that their exclusive right to control commerce has been irreparably damaged.

nohone said,

15,000 years ago, some guy traded a chicken for a flint axe. I hear Apple is planning on suing those two people's estate, claiming that their exclusive right to control commerce has been irreparably damaged.

who knows that might happen, apple invent a time travel machine and may be steve jobs will be alive again and sue every body who said bad things about him after he died

nohone said,

15,000 years ago, some guy traded a chicken for a flint axe. I hear Apple is planning on suing those two people's estate, claiming that their exclusive right to control commerce has been irreparably damaged.

HAHAHA, I agree. I am soooooo tired of this "Apple invented everything" mentality. It's truly bizarre.