New Microsoft holiday stores in NYC and Chicago opening Oct. 26

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced plans to open 32 temporary holiday retail stores in the United States and Canada. All of them are supposed to start operations on October 26th, the same day Windows 8 and the Windows RT version of Surface are supposed to launch.

This week, Microsoft announced that the number of temporary holiday "pop-up" stores will increase to two more locations. In a post on the company's official blog, Microsoft said that they will launch locations in New York City’s Times Square and at the Shops at North Bridge, located on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Microsoft's blog states, "These stores will carry a variety of Microsoft-enabled products and offerings, in addition to Answer Desk services. Customers can learn how to get the most out of their software, as well as personalize their Microsoft devices."

With 34 temporary holiday stores, combined with the number of permanent Microsoft Store locations in North America, it's clear that Microsoft wants to get Windows 8 and its own Surface tablet in the hands of as many consumers as possible for the holiday season.

Source: Microsoft news blog | Image via Microsoft

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AWilliams87 said,
Are these stores still Apple store clones? Or did Microsoft finally decided to add their own flavor to it?

Barter and trade has been occurring since the dawn of human civilization. But now opening a store is copying Apple.

AWilliams87 said,
Are these stores still Apple store clones? Or did Microsoft finally decided to add their own flavor to it?

As in having a room with tables that have that company's devices on them? Wat.

i went to the one on long island, ny and i really liked the store and the employees there. the one guy i talked to seemed like he was a real enthusiast for technology in general and not just a loudspeaker for microsoft. we talked about android, iphone. what they both do well and where they lack. his take on win phone, etc...
the other employees were playing with the kinect with kids and other video games with adults. they were very controlled in their tactics of pushing you to buy something, but just to be there to help you experience the products. i liked it...

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