Microsoft to open first Canadian retail store on November 16th in Toronto

Microsoft is set to open its first retail store in Canada on the 16th November at The Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. Microsoft currently has 23 stores in the US, and plans to have a total of 44 stores by June 2013 as they expand internationally in the future.

The store will sell hardware including Windows Phones, Xbox consoles, and PCs that feature stock copies of Windows, and of course software which includes Microsoft Office. The Microsoft Store will include a large panoramic wall that wraps round the whole store and will let visitors watch and play video games before they purchase them.

Microsoft officially announced its retail-store plans back in February 2009, which at the time, David Porter was appointed Corporate Vice President of Retail Stores. Microsoft's strategy has been to open its stores as close as possible to Apple stores.

Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner, told partners at the Worldwide Partner Conference in July that the "Microsoft Store brand will become more pervasive and go out into the world".

Source: MicrosoftStore.com

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Croc Ography said,
Will it sell the new Nokia 920 unlocked at this location? If so I will go out and buy one.

While it will likely sell the device, they haven't said anything about stocking it unlocked.

Normally we call it "Yorkdale Mall", but no biggie I wouldn't mind going to see the opening, but that mall is already crowded as is.

And since it's Canadian, it's Centre, not Center

Andrew Lyle said,
Normally we call it "Yorkdale Mall", but no biggie I wouldn't mind going to see the opening, but that mall is already crowded as is.

And since it's Canadian, it's Centre, not Center

I just went for the official name. But yes, I slipped up on the Canadian spelling, I tend to forget they spell like us Brits. Will change that. Thanks.

xstex said,

I just went for the official name. But yes, I slipped up on the Canadian spelling, I tend to forget they spell like us Brits. Will change that. Thanks.

Well we spell most things like the Brits, there's a for merican

Tyler R. said,
Is that an Apple store with a Photoshopped in Microsoft Logo? *blinks and looks again*

Maybe Apple will sue them.

Tyler R. said,
Is that an Apple store with a Photoshopped in Microsoft Logo? *blinks and looks again*

No, I don't see any snooty hipsters who think they are better than everyone else because of the logo on their computer.

nohone said,

No, I don't see any snooty hipsters who think they are better than everyone else because of the logo on their computer.

No, you see a lot of obese nerds... (I use both Windows and OS X daily, with a bit of AS/400 just for good measure)

Sraf said,
Hope they get one in Calgary soon. In The Core, Chinook Centre or Market Mall preferably

Same. Chinook Centre would seem the likeliest spot if it's not downtown.

spy beef said,
When will they open one in Metrotown? Samsung and Apple already have stores in Metrotown.

I'm assuming you mean in Burnaby, BC.

And also, I hope they don't. I hate Metrotown. The mall is too massive for it's ridiculous linear layout. It's always PACKED wall-to-wall with annoying and inconsiderate shoppers. People are stressed out, and rushing everywhere, and just exuding negativity.

I once compared that mall to a miasmic mire of the worst possible aspects of consumerism.

Richmond Center (also home to an Apple and Samsung Store) would be a much better choice for one in BC.