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Microsoft May Open A Store Next To The First Apple Store

Microsoft May Open A Store Next To The First Apple Store

Following their announcement that they’ll be building 75 new Microsoft Stores over the next 3 years, new job listings have indicated that Microsoft may be preparing to open a retail store in McLean, Virginia, near Apple’s first ever Apple Retail Store in Tyson’s Corner.

The report is based on the notion that new job listings have been requesting staff for a Microsoft store in McLean, Virginia. Microsoft has not outlined a specific location for the new store, but, as Electronista reports, they’re likely to try getting in to Tyson’s Corner, as close to Apple’s store as possible.

Microsoft’s long habit of trailing, shadowing, and even trying to mimic Apple is about to reach a symbolic high. Opening a Microsoft Store across from the very first Apple Retail Store is either a bold and brilliant move, or a recipe for failure. Personally, I side with the latter.

  1. Luke says:

    I think the more interesting question is;

    What on earth are they going to sell in these stores? Copies of windows and office?

  2. Jacob Smith says:

    great (sarcasm)

  3. PizzaScience1 says:

    I bet that this will be where the first ever MAc vs PC war takes place.

  4. Buu Buu Moez says:

    not a good idea at all, Microsoft is fading out in the market. As Apple stated, compared to Mac sales PC sales went down 2%… They don’t have anything to sell that is 100% produced by them (just like Mac’s, unlike how Microsoft phones are made with HTC phones and PC’s are made with HP PC’S for example), other than Office and Windows. This is the start of the end…

  5. Lee Turley says:

    I don’t see why they are opening a store at all, like others have said they don’t really make hardware based products, they are a software company (well apart from the *cough* Zune *cough* that has never left the USA)

    What will make this different to any other electronic store… We don’t sell Cookers & Fridge Freezers !

    I bet when they open up the first store they will have to offer Hannah Montana tickets or something to get a crowd outside 🙂  Apple get the store crowded by letting people play with the stuff, here in the UK if you go into PC World or Comet and try and play with a PC you would first have to get past the screensaver password then fight off the sales assistants saying “Can I help you Sir!”

    You can imagine the queue at the Windows Genius Bar:

    Customer 1: – I have Laptop that wakes up in the night and connects to the internet…
    Genius: – You have a Virus

    Customer 2: – I have got this message that says I have to subscribe to this antivirus programme…
    Genius: – You have a Virus

    Customer 3: – My Hard Drive failed, can you help me get it working again…
    Genius: – Certainly have you got your backup…
    Customer 3: – B a c k U p ? ? ?

    I once knew someone who got barred from a PC World store, she was bored and went in and asked if they had a copy of Windows Server Data Centre edition that she could purchase 🙂  One moment I will go and check…

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