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Microsoft Adding Two Stores

5/25/2011 03:16:42 PM Eastern
Redmond, Wash. - Microsoft is opening its 10th store this Friday in Atlanta and will open an 11th location next month in Houston.

The Atlanta store is in the Lenox Square Mall, where the 2011 "American Idol" winner and top two finalists will perform on Saturday. The first 150 visitors to the store will receive two VIP tickets to the performance and one pass to meet the performers. Additional general-admission tickets, along with give-aways and gift bags, will be handed out while supplies last, Microsoft said.

The Houston store is slated to open June 23 in the Houston Galleria, where tickets will be given away for a grand opening concert two days later by singer Kelly Clarkson, according to a company posting on Facebook.

Microsoft opened its first retail store in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2009 and has since expanded to California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota and Washington. The interactive stores sell software, PCs, Xbox consoles and Windows 7 mobile phones, and provide invaluable end-user feedback to designers, developers and Microsoft resellers, COO Kevin Turner said last year, prompting plans to add dozens of new locations.
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