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September 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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 Panay.
In the Seattle area, the sneak peak is Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the University Village Microsoft Store.
The event appears to be open to the public, given that the company posted it publicly on Facebook. It looks like it’s asking people to RSVP via Facebook as well.
June 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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 specialty store, which will be located on level three of Pacific Place mall near the Nordstrom Skybridge, is one of more than 30 specialty stores that Microsoft has opened in the past year. These stores carry a smaller assortment of products — such as the Surface tablets, Windows Phone and Xbox — than the full-sized retail Microsoft Stores. (The specialty stores are also separate from the upcoming Windows Stores, which will be mini stores inside Best Buy locations.)
June 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM
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 Amazon.com 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.
May 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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 are mostly kiosk-type stores located in malls. They arose out of the temporary holiday stores that Microsoft first opened last year. The company currently has 31 specialty stores, with more scheduled to open soon.
It also has 34 larger, permanent retail stores, including the ones currently at Bellevue Square and at University Village in Seattle.
A specialty store is also reportedly in the works for somewhere in Bellevue. A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to comment on that report.
May 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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 arose out of the temporary holiday stores that Microsoft first opened last year.
Microsoft currently has about 31 specialty stores, mainly in the U.S. and Canada.
It also has about 34 larger, permanent retail stores.
Microsoft already has one of its larger, permanent stores in Bellevue. Its Bellevue Square store, which opened in 2010, was the first Microsoft Store in the Northwest. The company opened its Seattle retail store, in University Village, in October 2011.
A Microsoft spokeswoman said the company does not “have additional details to share” at this time on the job posting for the Bellevue specialty store.
That job listing was first noticed by the Neowin site.