Microsoft Hopes to Open First Retail Store on October 22

Paul Lilly

It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft said it hopes to finally open its first Retail Store on October 22, the same day Windows 7 launches. And if it doesn't meet that deadline, the Redmond bunch are shooting to have one open at least within a few days of that date, DailyTech reports.

The store in question is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, which means at least initially, Microsoft won't be within a stone's throw from an Apple retail location. Microsoft had previously stated that "there will be scenarios where we have stores in proximity to Apple," but apparently that's a plan for another day.

But while Microsoft and Apple won't be retail neighbors, the Arizona store will be just a few miles away from a Best Buy location. The proximity could prove slightly awkward, considering Best Buy is one of Microsoft's biggest retail partners.

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