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Windows 7: What do you want to see in Microsoft's retail stores?

12 Feb 2009   #1

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What do you want to see in Microsoft's retail stores?

The rumor first started in April 2008, and many were skeptical Microsoft was really planning to follow in Apple's footsteps and launch its own retail stores. In November, the company launched its online Microsoft Store in the US, and the general consensus was that the rumor had been put to rest. Not so. In press release late today, the software giant announced that it will indeed be rolling out new Microsoft-branded stores.

David Porter, head of worldwide product distribution DreamWorks Animation SKG, will join Microsoft as corporate vice president of Retail Stores, reporting to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner. The stores, according to Microsoft, will improve the PC and Microsoft retail purchase experience for consumers worldwide, including helping consumers make more informed decisions about their PC and software purchases. Porter's first task will be defining the time frame, locations, and specifics for the Microsoft-branded retail stores.

Full Story: What do you want to see in Microsoft's retail stores? - Ars Technica

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13 Feb 2009   #2

Windows 7, Vista, Mandriva 2008
 
 

Hopefully Microsoft Toast 1.0

Just so I can get my breakfast done...and maybe if I defrag that old bread it won't tast like a haunted firefox...
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14 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7000
 
 

What do you want to see in Microsoft's retail stores?

Products that work before they hit the shelves
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14 Feb 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jbosa1 View Post
Hopefully Microsoft Toast 1.0

Just so I can get my breakfast done...and maybe if I defrag that old bread it won't tast like a haunted firefox...
lmao....
(cries of laughter..)


jokes aside i see what they are trying to do is go get to customer the Apple way...
(since the barrier (no puns intended...) between the Customer and the MS is the OEM)
this way they can show the customer their product the way they want to...

dont know if it could compete with apple though...
people see apple as a small underdog of the Computer market ( which in actually should be linux... no flame wars please...)
and as the one that brings new things (which in actually some are copied from someone else... again no flame war....)
as you can see i use different OS's with different philosophies (with the exception of mac which ATM is way to expensive to pay, have been using a mac though but not mine so that cant count...)

MS is seen as this big corporation and has in reality no real cults (unlike macs, fanboy and fanboy forums are another thing and like i said no flame wars...)
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15 Feb 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slimy View Post
Something like the Apple Genius Bar, only Microsoft wouldn't call it that. I've seriously wanted to ask one of those yahoos the the Apple store for their Mensa card. What? Not a genius? Oh, gee well I am -- take a seat.

I'd like like to see someone file a lawsuit against Apple for that bit of false advertising.

I do think it would be a somewhat "different" experience to work at Microsoft's "Genius Bar". Would the Microsoft expert get the same adoration and adulation? I think not. The poor sap would probably become a perennial whipping-boy for all the crackpots, conspiracy theorists and Apple/Linux fanboys. I can see it now -- the poor sap trying to do his job while the peanut gallery hoots and heckles about "Bill Gates" this and evil-empire that and just how much better the customer's life would be if he'd convert to Apple's "One True Religion" or Linux' "Windows is Bloated Spagetti Code" cults.

What would I like to see at the Microsoft store? An expert bar, staffed with well-paid highly competent professionals, in a relaxing productive environment.

With mace and water cannons to drive off the nuts...
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15 Feb 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Something like the Apple Genius Bar, only Microsoft wouldn't call it that. I've seriously wanted to ask one of those yahoos the the Apple store for their Mensa card. What? Not a genius? Oh, gee well I am -- take a seat.

I'd like like to see someone file a lawsuit against Apple for that bit of false advertising.
lmao
i rememeber the ads and laughing so hard...(even more when i thought how the masses was gonna think...)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
I do think it would be a somewhat "different" experience to work at Microsoft's "Genius Bar". Would the Microsoft expert get the same adoration and adulation? I think not. The poor sap would probably become a perennial whipping-boy for all the crackpots, conspiracy theorists and Apple/Linux fanboys. I can see it now -- the poor sap trying to do his job while the peanut gallery hoots and heckles about "Bill Gates" this and evil-empire that and just how much better the customer's life would be if he'd convert to Apple's "One True Religion" or Linux' "Windows is Bloated Spagetti Code" cults.
yeah i would see apple cultists doing this but linux???
i would doubt that but you never know...


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
What would I like to see at the Microsoft store? An expert bar, staffed with well-paid highly competent professionals, in a relaxing productive environment.
yes if they have a good enough salary i might look into it for part time instead... ( ill just be hanging around here if i got this job...) (too bad there not coming to cali...)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
With mace and water cannons to drive off the nuts...
yes this should be part of the job description...
man the cannons!!!!
FIRE!!!!
maybe a Mac product dectector???
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15 Feb 2009   #7

Windows 7, Vista, Mandriva 2008
 
 

hmm....I would like to see a limegreen mPod...thats is an iPod running on Windows but I guess we wont see that in our lifetime...but hey, it's quite possible to run Linux on an iPod...so why not old Windooze?
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15 Feb 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

I would like to see Windows 7 and all its glory, and not another Vista...
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