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Source claims final decision depends on the performance of US stores

Microsoft has a few retail stores scattered around the United States. The stores were originally launched to help Microsoft compete on more even footing against Apple and its retail outlets.
One of the main differences between Microsoft Stores and Apple Stores in the U.S. is the fact that Microsoft stores sell devices made by other manufacturers such as HTC and Nokia. Apple only sells its own primary hardware such as smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers although it sells accessories made by other manufacturers.
Financial Times now reports that Microsoft is been in talks with property owners in the UK to open new retail stores next year.

Microsoft is confident that it can open its first UK stores in 2013, however, the final decision is dependent on an assessment of how well Microsoft Stores in the U.S. are performing. Microsoft has offered no official statement on the possibility of opening retail stores in the UK at this time.

One key benefit of Microsoft retail stores in the UK would be the ability for the stores to offer classes to train users on Microsoft software and hardware – a service it offers in its current U.S. stores. 

Source: FT

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RE: ambitious
By Pirks on 11/26/2012 3:45:41 PM , Rating: 2
Well, last I heard is that Surface is only sold in the US and only by MS stores so no wonder sales are as low as the first iPhone in 2007.

RE: ambitious
By StevoLincolnite on 11/26/2012 7:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
I would love a surface device.
Just not one that is paired with ARM and doesn't allow me access to decades worth of software and games, hence why I am waiting. :)

RE: ambitious
By Pirks on 11/26/2012 8:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
Don't wait! Grab this one while supplies last! ==>>

$400 for an x86 Win8 tablet, that's a STEAL!

RE: ambitious
By StevoLincolnite on 11/27/2012 6:54:16 AM , Rating: 2
No keyboard, poor Atom processor, crap integrated graphics, bugger all ram, small SSD and it's $499 in my country with probably $100+ shipping. Passssss.

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