Microsoft Store to have 'Wall-Sized Screens and Answers Bar'

Gizmodo has published a leaked PowerPoint presentation from the design firm Lippicott, with which, we may be getting a better picture of what the Microsoft retail experience will entail. Microsoft is taking the best elements from the Apple Store – complete with demo stations and a Genius Bar knock-off, Sony Style and other "flagship" stores. Here’re the highlights of […]

Gizmodo has published a leaked PowerPoint presentation from the design firm Lippicott, with which, we may be getting a better picture of what the Microsoft retail experience will entail. Microsoft is taking the best elements from the Apple Store – complete with demo stations and a Genius Bar knock-off, Sony Style and other "flagship" stores. Here’re the highlights of the slides:

   

  • There's going to be a Digital Media Wall--a massive screen--that wraps around the entire store, which you can see in some of the slides
  • Lots of Surface demos
  • Stage areas for Windows 7, Windows Media Center (PCTV), Windows Mobile and netbooks
  • Their take on the Genius Bar is the Answers Bar (or Guru Bar, depending on which slide you look at, showing it's slightly up in the air, though we prefer Answers Bar since its sounds like slightly less of a Genius Bar ripoff)
  • They're already planning out huge demos and events around Project Natal and their secret mobile project Pink
  • A fancy Microsoft shopping bag
  • You can pay to have your birthday party at the Microsoft Store

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