Next Microsoft Store coming to Seattle, across from Apple

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Microsoft is planning on opening its eighth store in the next few months, directly across from an Apple store. The software giant is continuing its plan on moving into the retail store market, going head-to-head against its biggest rival, Apple.

According to Techflash.com, Microsoft is planning on opening its next store in Open-air University Village, located in Seattle. Microsoft recently opened a store in the same region, just a few miles from its headquarters in Redmond, which is located just a few miles from its next store. The space is currently occupied by Miller-Pollard, which is closing at the end of the month.

This store will join the growing fleet of stores across America, including The Bellevue Square (Seattle, Washington), Mall of America (Bloomington, Minnesota), Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Illinois), Fashion Valley Mall (San Diego, California), Park Meadows Mall (Lone Tree, Colorado), The Shops at Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, California) and Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, Arizona).

The Microsoft Store features all of the software giants hardware and software, including Windows 7, Office 2010, Xbox 360, Kinect and a wide range of other products.

Microsoft is making a big presence with its chain of retail stores, cashing in on the market that brings Apple so much success.

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This is like McDonalds and Burger King all over again except this time with tech... geez even Circut City and Best Buy did not go this far =)

I heard some time back during the summer that Microsoft is looking in Manhattan for a location for the first New York store.

You would think they would open up a store in New York City as NYC is the largest city in the US in terms of population (Over 8 million). Guess they don't like the East Coast.

WV2MJR said,
You would think they would open up a store in New York City as NYC is the largest city in the US in terms of population (Over 8 million). Guess they don't like the East Coast.

Probably waiting for the prime location.

asdavis10 said,
Once again, these stores don't compete with Apple Stores. They compete with Best Buy and the like.
+1

Someone looking to buy a Mac is NOT going to go in that store to begin with`

Rudy said,
Someone looking to buy a Mac is NOT going to go in that store to begin with`

... or vice versa. I also don't quite understand this Microsoft's strategy logic, I seriously doubt Microsoft will win any customers because of this or Apple lose any. Maybe Apple stores are simply on best locations possible?

Rudy said,
+1

Someone looking to buy a Mac is NOT going to go in that store to begin with`

But that is the point of these stores. Like I said above, Microsoft has all these awesome products that are hidden away and never get used.

Basically the whole Windows Live suite beats iLife hands down. Stores like these can educate people (especially those that currently have a Windows PC and looking to buy a Mac) on how to use these products and why they are better.

mackenziepricee said,

But that is the point of these stores. Like I said above, Microsoft has all these awesome products that are hidden away and never get used.

Basically the whole Windows Live suite beats iLife hands down. Stores like these can educate people (especially those that currently have a Windows PC and looking to buy a Mac) on how to use these products and why they are better.


It makes me sad to think about how under utilized Windows Live Essentials is.... :'(

ILikeTobacco said,
What exactly is Microsoft selling at these stores that I can't go to WalMart or Office Depot for?

Bloatware free PC's? As far as I know the computers they sell at the most have the Windows Live apps installed and nothing else (well, maybe MSE too?). So that's one bonus, I dunno how the price works out though.

GP007 said,

Bloatware free PC's? As far as I know the computers they sell at the most have the Windows Live apps installed and nothing else (well, maybe MSE too?). So that's one bonus, I dunno how the price works out though.


Sounds like a good place to send someone to if I don't have time to build them a system. To bad none are near me.

ILikeTobacco said,
What exactly is Microsoft selling at these stores that I can't go to WalMart or Office Depot for?

Possibly a smile.

ILikeTobacco said,
What exactly is Microsoft selling at these stores that I can't go to WalMart or Office Depot for?

I think its more of a place where they can show off their products just like they do at the apple stores.. Such as people can just come by and try the Kinect or a Windows phone.

Lachlan said,

I think its more of a place where they can show off their products just like they do at the apple stores.. Such as people can just come by and try the Kinect or a Windows phone.

Both can be done at Walmart. The Kinect display is located next to the photo booth area at WalMart with their "newest layout".

Lachlan said,

I think its more of a place where they can show off their products just like they do at the apple stores.. Such as people can just come by and try the Kinect or a Windows phone.

+1

The problem with Microsoft is that they have all these cool products (believe it or not) but they never get shown in their full glory

Basically the whole Windows Live suite is great though people don't understand what it is all about. They just know what Messenger and Hotmail are. By having a store Microsoft can educate people better on how to use these products and why Windows Live, Windows Phone, Windows 7, Office 2010, Xbox and Kinect for Xbox 360 beats the alternative from a competing company.

mackenziepricee said,

The problem with Microsoft is that they have all these cool products (believe it or not) but they never get shown in their full glory

Sorta. The problem with Microsoft is that the company is a bloated, convoluted mess that seems to have divisions strewn about that haven't the slightest clue as to the plans of other divisions. There is no synergy. Honestly, the best analogy I could think of would be a hydra, where most of the heads are looking in opposite directions, each trying to go a different way.

Case in point; when I googled for info on Live Mesh, I came across a gamut of old, outdated, beta-related websites all with links strewn about to other old, outdated sites. It's hard for consumers to know what Live is, and is capable of, if Microsoft themselves quite often don't seem to have a concrete answer either.

So is it possible that they might actually open more than one store east of the Mississippi? There are two Apple stores within 50 miles of me and I never even asked for one. Can't at least one of those Apple stores get a Microsoft store across from it? It's the least they could do to mitigate those hubs of radiating pretentiousness across the Midwest and Eastern US.

xpxp2002 said,
So is it possible that they might actually open more than one store east of the Mississippi? There are two Apple stores within 50 miles of me and I never even asked for one. Can't at least one of those Apple stores get a Microsoft store across from it? It's the least they could do to mitigate those hubs of radiating pretentiousness across the Midwest and Eastern US.

This comment made me laugh lol