Microsoft is planning to open more brick-and-mortar retail stores, including one in Houston in the Houston Galleria this summer. And, will announce its plans for the Los Angeles store next week.
Microsoft kicked off its retail-store launch plans back in February 2009. At that time, the company appointed David Porter (a former Dreamworks Animation and Wal-mart exec) as Corporate Vice President of Retail Stores. Microsoft officials said they'd use the stores to sell Microsoft consumer products, including Windows PCs, Office, Xbox, peripherals, games and phones. The plan was and remains to open the stores as close to Apple Stores as possible.
Currently, Microsoft operates Microsoft Stores in Scottsdale, Ariz., Mission Viejo, Calif., Lone Tree, Colo., San Diego, Calif., Oak Brook, Ill., Bloomington, Minn., Bellevue, Wash., and Costa Mesa, Calif. The company is on the verge of opening the doors of its first East Coast store -- in Lennox Square in Atlanta. And according to a Microsoft Retail Store job listing, Los Angeles is on the short list to get a Microsoft Store.