Microsoft opened two stores last October in a timid challenge to Apple’s hit chain. We revisit one and an Apple store to see how it’s working out.
Microsoft store, Scottsdale AZ, 4 pm June 7, 2010.
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Microsoft store. A younger crowd.
Microsoft store. Note the many flat screen monitors and Microsoft store employees.
Lots of different hardware.
Ultimately, Microsoft is about selling software.
Apple store, north Scottsdale AZ, June 7, 5pm. Yes, a glass skylight, in Arizona.
No flat screen monitors on the walls. Flat screen graphics.
Genius bar in the back on the left. Studio bar - for creative services and training - on the left. A greater age range than I saw at Microsoft's store.