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Microsoft store to open Thursday with concert

updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon October 19, 2009

Microsoft ad shows store launch details

Microsoft has confirmed plans to open its first Microsoft store on Windows 7's launch for Thursday. The Arizona Republic ad promises the Scottsdale store will open at 10AM and is providing multiple incentives to spur early traffic: the first 1,000 visitors get gift bags and tickets to an Ashley Tisdale concert at 5PM. Every PC buyer on launch day gets a free HP printer and a copy of Office 2007 Home & Student.

The strategy partly mirrors Apple's tendency to offer concerts at flagship stores as well as its giveaways, though the Mac producer rarely offers special discounts. Microsoft is known to be patterning its store design closely after Apple retail with answer bars and open spaces but with an emphasis on customization as well as all of Microsoft's main product lines, including Windows Mobile, Xbox 360 and Zune. [via Gizmodo]

By Electronista Staff


  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Gurgle. Plink. Plink.

  1. Xinnix

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    What are they going to sell?

    What are they going to sell? Software and the Xbox!

    I'm guessing they picked Scottsdale because everyone there is retired, old, and don't have much of a clue about technology!

    Wow, I take it back, they should do well.

  1. philomath777

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  1. Sandkat

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    Who's Ashley Tisdale?

  1. kerryb

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    me too

    the nerds are throwing themselves a party I wonder if Balmer will be there? If so crank up the air conditioning or he will be sweating all over the place.

  1. eldarkus

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    If youre gonna bribe people, why not use something worthwhile.. like an iPod touch :)

    but hey.. Ashley Tisdale should attract 2 types of people. Pre-teen girls and pedophiles. Should be a great opening!

  1. climacs

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    I think I'll show up

    wearing my Apple Store Biltmore shirt.

    Oh, I forgot... I don't freakin' care.

  1. slapppy

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    It's the only way

    It's the only way MS can almost guarantee a crowd and some publicity from the news. Otherwise it would be a snoozefest. Come to think of it, yeah it will still be a snoozefest.

  1. testudo

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    Re: me too

    the nerds are throwing themselves a party I wonder if Balmer will be there? If so crank up the air conditioning or he will be sweating all over the place.

    The nerds? You mean the same ones who show up for Apple grand openings? Or are we talking a different set of nerds? You know, the couple who walk around in their matching "Carlsbad" shirts, like I saw over the weekend. Must've been planning a visit to the local Apple store, I guess (and is that what you're supposed to do, where your Apple T-Shirt to the local apple store?)

  1. RoodAwakening

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    Are they serious?

    I'm shocked they're going through with this. I mean, one could argue walking into a MS store is about as fresh as walking into a Best Buy--but with far less anticipation. At least Best Buy sells washing machines and dishwashers.

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