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Poll Results: Will you shop at a Microsoft Store?

See how your TechRepublic peers answered this question: If one were located in your local mall, would you shop at a Microsoft Store?

On November 5, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog two poll questions on this topic:

Will you shop at a Microsoft Store?

Like me, many of you responded that you would shop at one of Microsoft's Retail Stores if one was located nearby, either to actually purchase something or just to see what it was like. As many pointed out in the vigorous discussion that followed the original blog post, it does seem like Microsoft is playing catch up with the concept, but that doesn't mean it is necessarily a bad idea.

However, one thing I think the discussion did not fully consider is the Xbox franchise -- showing off the latest video games and console accessories could be a real draw for these retail outlets. I mean, who doesn't want to dance in front of a Kinect camera and the general mall-going public?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

9 comments
by.gad
by.gad

Store means overhead and higher costs for consumers. I would look but buy on line for less costs!

bgahagan
bgahagan

I have been to the Microsoft Store in Mission Viejo,CA. They carry only a few select products and the prices are Microsoft's retail price only. Most likely you can find the same products at your local computer store for much less. The only thing the store is good for is to look at product. I will never set foot in the store again.

stuart
stuart

"you would ship at one of Microsoft?s Retail Stores" - shouldn't that be "shop"?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Did anyone buy a gift at one of the Microsoft Stores? What was the experience like?

eaglewolf
eaglewolf

"I mean, who doesn?t want to dance in front of a Kinect camera and the general mall-going public?" I sure as heck don't. Watching people 'act' in front of their tv is absurd. And it's not exercise. For the store .. yeah, I'd sure go if they offered the on-campus 'store' prices. Otherwise, no. I'm sure the primary focus is to lure in the gamers and totally average, non-techie computer users for the glitz and glitter. And be happy to pay the price.

CustomComputers
CustomComputers

After they used up all their partners & OEM builders by opening stores to put the small guys out of business, not no but hell no. Apple has stores... copycat thinks we need some too.

lzdwren
lzdwren

How many people would be smart enough to stay away!

Spitfire_Sysop
Spitfire_Sysop

Especially when it comes to "new" things. I think that in the begining they would see a flood of wide-eyed meat sacks foaming at the mouth. After the novelty runs out I think that a few groups will remain loyal. Primarily the XBOX kids and people who are not very tech savvy, Ex: the people that think Microsoft made their computers. I think the most entertaining part is that this will gave M$ a face for people to yell at. I predict angry customers venting to nerdy teens who have no idea what they just signed up for. Certainly worth a go 'round.

jcockrell
jcockrell

All I have to say is "Kinect for PC." Not a hacked version a legit one..

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