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Microsoft Will Open Stores In AZ, CA

8/03/2009 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Microsoft, which said in July it confirmed plans to open Apple-like retail stores this fall (TWICE, July 20, p. 1), has signed leases for locations in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mission Viejo, Calif.

A Microsoft spokesperson told CNET that the brick-and-mortar stores will help the company “directly connect” with the more than 1 billion people who use its products daily.

The stores will also respond to consumer demand for a simpler purchasing process, “great” technology, competitive prices and a knowledgeable sales staff, the spokesperson said.

The Web site said the Mission Viejo store will be located in a strip mall that already houses an Apple store, confirming this month's pronouncement by COO Kevin Turner that some of the Microsoft sites would neighbor Apple locations.