Microsoft looking to open retail outlet near flagship 5th Ave. Apple Store

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  • Reply 21 of 68

    It was part of Apple's strategy to turn their fortunes around, surely Microsoft can use the same plan. /s

  • Reply 22 of 68
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    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post



    Hmmm... I thought that Nadella was changing course at Microsoft!?

     

    Oh, nothing of the sort has happened at Microsoft. It was all a smokescreen.

  • Reply 23 of 68
    Microsoft needs the space for all those copies of Windows 8 they plan to sell. /s
  • Reply 24 of 68
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    Originally Posted by island hermit View Post

     

    Why?


     

    Windows 95 sales aren't what they used to be. A new store should boost sales.

  • Reply 25 of 68
    bdkennedy1bdkennedy1 Posts: 1,459member

    Waste of money. That's like opening a lemonade stand next to Starbucks.

  • Reply 26 of 68
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,814member
    How long before it turns into a kiosk.
  • Reply 27 of 68
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    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post



    How long before it turns into a kiosk.

     

    Sooner than it'll turn into profit.

  • Reply 28 of 68
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,544member
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    Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post

     

    Waste of money. That's like opening a lemonade stand next to Starbucks.


    I honestly did not know that Starbucks sold lemonade.

     

    Is it good?

  • Reply 29 of 68

    I can only speak for the one I know in Valley Fair (granted, a stone throw away from Apple's headquarters): the Apple Store is always incredibly busy, and the Microsoft store is always empty. But this may have more to do with mindshare than actual sales (at least I hope for them it does, otherwise... ouch!)

  • Reply 30 of 68
    rayzrayz Posts: 814member
    In their desperation to be like Apple, Microsoft forgets that their customers don't want them to be like Apple.
  • Reply 31 of 68
    connieconnie Posts: 101member

    Apple invented the retail store. I cannot believe these copycat companies that also open retail stores. Why don't they invent something new.

  • Reply 32 of 68
    singularitysingularity Posts: 1,328member
    gprovida wrote: »
    Well SAMSUNG has started this as well copying the stores. The interesting part is that the stores in Europe have design patents that should complicate using "copy me" strategy in one of the most important markets.
    trademark not design patent. It's an important difference. Trademarks don't have a duration and have a different set of rules about what is infringement of that trademark and what isn't.
  • Reply 33 of 68

    Either Microsoft is as pigheaded as Samsung is (what with Samsung announcing an event based on the rumour of an Apple event), or this spot is actually a dance school where they teach you to do the clickity-click with the Surface cover.

  • Reply 34 of 68

    Microsoft's biggest problem is that it has nothing to sell that attracts customers to the store.

     

    Windows is already pre-installed on PCs.  Microsoft Office is already pre-installed on PCs - at least in a trial state.

     

    Microsoft sells no PCs other than the Surface Pro tablet.

     

    X-Box and its games are already sold in numerous venues - Gamestop, Walmart, Target, Costco, Best Buy, etc. 

     

    Microsoft accessories - like keyboards, mice, etc. are already sold in numerous venues - Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot, etc. etc.

     

    Windows Phone?  What is that?  The new Zune?

     

    In a Microsoft Store, there is only the curiosity of seeing adults aping Apple geniuses.  Aping.

  • Reply 35 of 68
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    What the hell is there of interest to see inside a Microsoft store, and why would any conscious person ever want to visit a Microsoft store?

     

    They should invest in a Microsoft museum instead.

     

    Fast forward 25 years:

    (tour given by official tourguide)

     

    Over here in this corner we see something called a Surface Tablet. This curiosity existed from 2012 to 2016, when it was officially terminated after Microsoft could no longer sustain the billions of dollars in loss and damage each year caused by weak sales. Microsoft continued to promote the tablet until the very end, making expensive commercials which featured ridiculous looking dancing morons, but unfortunately, the product simply wasn't meant to be.

     

    There has been some speculation that the main concept behind the tablet, attempting to combine both a laptop and a tablet into one device, was a retarded concept, and there just weren't enough retards out there to financially support this noble endeavor.

  • Reply 36 of 68
    singularitysingularity Posts: 1,328member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    <p>What the hell is there of interest to see inside a Microsoft store, and why would any conscious person ever want to visit a Microsoft store?</p><p> </p><p>They should invest in a Microsoft museum instead.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Fast forward 25 years:</strong></p><p>(tour given by official tourguide)</p><p> </p><p><em>Over here in this corner we see something called a Surface Tablet. This curiosity existed from 2012 to 2016, when it was officially terminated after Microsoft could no longer sustain the billions of dollars in loss and damage each year caused by weak sales.. Microsoft continued to promote the tablet until the very end, making expensive commercials which featured ridiculous looking dancing morons, but unfortunately, the product simply wasn't meant to be.</em></p><p> </p><p><em>There has been some speculation that the main concept behind the tablet, attempting to combine both a laptop and a tablet into one device, was a retarded concept, and there just wasn't enough retards out there to financially support this noble endeavor.</em></p>
    Sounds like you'd be a perfect customet
  • Reply 37 of 68
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
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    Originally Posted by singularity View Post



    Sounds like you'd be a perfect customet

     

    And you sound like a butthurt present owner.:err:

     

    You should have read my correct assessment of this tablet on this forum a few years ago, when I declared it a flop as soon as it was announced. And what a flop it has been.<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

     

    This is from yesterday::D

     

    Microsoft Surface Losses Total $676M USD for FY2014; - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/Microsoft+Surface+Losses+Total+676M+USD+for+FY2014+Will+Launch+in+25+Additional+Markets/article36351.htm#sthash.pdlKZP4A.dpuf

  • Reply 38 of 68
    fred1fred1 Posts: 779member
    I hope this store is very close to the Apple store. I love going to the beautiful Apple store at the Stanford Shopping Center in California and then going to the Microsoft store not far away. What a comparison! Store design, products, number of people.

    BTW, the Apple store in the photo was designed by Peter Bohlin, an amazing architect, not by Steve. And the glass spiral stair was the design of IM Pei for the NEXT HQ, again not Steve. Oh well.

    And yes, Starbucks sells lemonade. It's very nice.
  • Reply 39 of 68
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fred1 View Post

    BTW, the Apple store in the photo was designed by Peter Bohlin, an amazing architect, not by Steve. And the glass spiral stair was the design of IM Pei for the NEXT HQ, again not Steve. Oh well.

     

    I don't know the exact design details behind that store, but Steve Jobs had to have been very much involved, wasn't he? Of course there is a professional architect behind the store, but what about the overall concept and idea?

     

    I remember reading that Steve Jobs even paid for the glass out of his own pocket, so it was obviously a very special store to him.

  • Reply 40 of 68
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Hk0ZCqRxg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    youtube.com/watch?v=E946s7W0p2w&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    I'm personally waiting for the Xiami store.
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