Rumor: Microsoft to launch retail stores across Europe in 2013

Rumor: Microsoft to launch retail stores across Europe in 2013
A total of 66 Microsoft retail stores are currently operational across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, and their number is only to go higher in the foreseeable future. In fact, the company is planning on opening its first retail locations outside of North America next year, according to a source for Financial Times. It is said that Microsoft is already in talks with landlords in the UK and is feeling "confident" about launching several stores in 2013.

Before that happens, however, Microsoft will examine the performance of its U.S. retail outlets in order to find out which model has yielded the best results. Some of the company's locations are permanent, whilst others – the so-called pop-up stores, are open at a given location for a limited time, usually around holidays. This internal survey will be conducted by the end of 2012. 

The source of the rumor mentions only the U.K. as a market targeted by Microsoft, but it won't be surprising if the tech giant launches stores in other major countries across Europe. The move is expected to help Microsoft boost the sales of its own hardware and products running its software, such as Windows Phone smartphones, Windows 8 tablets, and portable computers.

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6 Comments

1. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

MS is at it real hard...seems good though the company is putting its money where its mouth is....software and harrdware from the same company!

5. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Don't forget the software: Windows Surface!

2. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Haven't they heard of Asia.. WTF I mean half of world population lives here and yet there are no MS stores...

6. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

+1!!! they should open more stores here!!! but i thought there's a store in china... when they release the surface tablet... remember the old lady that was rudely held by the security? and people accuse her as a iGranny...

3. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Hi guys. I just created a page called itecharena and to the guys at phonearena. I would like you to investigate a samsung smartphone I spotted at the video url given below and i am also pretty sure i have not seen this smartphone in the galaxy series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKHLOwPd1HM&feature=relmfu just try to go to the 0:52 seconds part. Thank you

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

they should be!!! and also the REAST OF THE WORLD!!!! you know US (and UK) is just part of the world!!! im annoyed that apple store and microsoft store isnt available here in my place coz our local retailer sells iPad or surface more than its price... i hate VAT!

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