Look for more Microsoft Retail Stores to open in the coming year.
Even if you prefer to shop online, the neat thing about brick-and-mortar businesses like Best Buy and the Apple Store is that you can spend some hands-on time with products without dipping into your wallet. Microsoft has come to understand this, and as 2013 flips over, the Redmond outfit will open half a dozen new Retail Store locations of its own, the company announced today.
The new locations include:
The Shops at La Cantera, San Antonio, Texas
Dadeland Mall, Miami, Florida
Beachwood Place, Beachwood, Ohio
Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, California
City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
St. Louis Galleria, St. Louis, Missouri
"We have always said that we will adjust our strategy, and open additional stores to deliver the choice, value and service our Microsoft customers have come to expect," Microsoft stated. "Therefore we're thrilled to ring in the New Year by announcing the locations of our first new store locations for 2013."
Reflecting back on 2012, Microsoft said it opened 51 new Full-line and Specialty stores, including its first international stoers in Edmonton, Burnaby, Vancouver, and Toronto, Canada. It also ended the year by introducing a touch-friendly operating system (OS) with a universal user interface (UI) that's essentially the same on tablets and touch-capable notebooks as it is on desktops and non-touch laptops.