Steve Ballmer opens newest Microsoft Store; gives free Xbox One coupon to fan

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, as promised earlier this week, helped to open the newest Microsoft Store location in Troy, Michigan today. The store, located in the Somerset Collection shopping center, is only the second location that Ballmer has personally helped to open since Microsoft started their retail strategy few years ago.

Ballmer made the trek to Troy today in part because he was born and grew up in the  area. Indeed, CBS Detroit reports that Ballmer spent much of the time greeting local family and friends at the store opening, while at the same time avoiding questions from the local press.

Another story about the store opening comes from the Detroit News website and states that Ballmer gave a coupon for a free Xbox One to a random person who had been waiting in line for the Microsoft Store to open before the official ribbon cutting ceremony. A second coupon for the upcoming console was given by a local radio DJ to another person waiting in line.

Tomorrow, Microsoft opens yet another retail store, this time in Indianapolis, Indiana. The company now has a combination of over 70 large and smaller "specialty" stores in the US and Canada.

Source CBS Detroit and Detroit News | Image via Microsoft

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Anyone want to caption what the guy with glasses is thinking in his head about Steve Balmer?

"Pfft, he wish he had hair like this"!

JHBrown said,
Anyone want to caption what the guy with glasses is thinking in his head about Steve Balmer?

"Pfft, he wish he had hair like this"!

Or, "I wish he'd cut that out"?

The expression on those guys faces are so fake. Anyone that deals directly with CEO's, Generals, Colonels's, or anyone in a high position will know what I'm talking about. While the peasants in the background leap for for joy.

JHBrown said,
The expression on those guys faces are so fake. Anyone that deals directly with CEO's, Generals, Colonels's, or anyone in a high position will know what I'm talking about. While the peasants in the background leap for for joy.

So true.

zeke009 said,
Did Ballmer and the guy to his left get their suit coats mixed up?
Good catch! Hmm, why are they wearing each other clothes?

It took me a while from the pic's angle to realize that Ballmer was holding a pair of large scissors, and not a miniature fishing rod <_<

Bioran said,
It took me a while from the pic's angle to realize that Ballmer was holding a pair of large scissors, and not a miniature fishing rod <_<

SCISSORS! SCISSORS! SCISSORS! SCISSORS! SCISSORS! SCISSORS! SCISSORS! SCISSORS!