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September 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Microsoft Stores hosting Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 sneak peaks

Microsoft’s next generation of Surface devices — the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 — aren’t expected to be on store shelves until Oct. 22. So the company is hoping to stoke excitement beforehand by hosting in several of its retail stores sneak peaks of the devices, with in-store presentations from Surface team leader Panos…


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June 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Microsoft Specialty Store opens Friday in Pacific Place

Microsoft is opening one of its specialty stores — essentially kiosk-type retail spaces — in Pacific Place tomorrow with an appearance by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate. Tate is scheduled to greet fans and play games with customers using Kinect for Xbox starting at 12:30 p.m. (The line to meet Tate starts at 10 a.m.) The…


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June 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Microsoft launching 600 stores within Best Buy and Future Shop [updated]


Microsoft and Best Buy have formed a partnership to open hundreds of Windows Stores within Best Buy locations. (Photo from MIcrosoft)

Microsoft last fall launched a vastly redesigned operating system with Windows 8, which the company hoped would launch it boldly into the mobile-devices arena.

The problem was many users found Windows 8 confusing. And the devices Windows 8 was designed to work best on —- touch machines or hybrid/convertible tablet-laptops — either weren’t available or added to the confusion about which one to to purchase.

Best Buy, meanwhile, is facing its own struggles in an increasingly competitive consumer-electronics market, with everyone from Walmart to biting off big chunks of that market.

A solution that both companies hope may address those woes: Teaming up to open 600 Windows Stores within Best Buy and Future Shop stores in the U.S. and Canada.


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May 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Microsoft opening specialty store in Pacific Place

Microsoft will be opening a specialty store — one of its smaller, kiosk-type retail spaces — at Pacific Place on June 21. The Pacific Place store was among the four specialty stores — the others are in California, Texas and Michigan — that Microsoft announced would be opening later this month and in June. Microsoft’s specialty stores…


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May 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Microsoft opening a kiosk store in Bellevue?

It looks like Microsoft is planning to open one of its small “specialty” stores at an undisclosed location in Bellevue. According to a job posting on the Microsoft Careers site, the company is looking for a store manager for a specialty store located in Bellevue. Microsoft’s specialty stores are, essentially, kiosk-type stores located in malls. They…


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