With the upcoming Surface Pro 3 device, Microsoft wants to clear the Surface Pro 2 stock. In the US, they have already stopped selling them on Microsoft Store. In the UK, they have reduced the price of Surface Pro 2 devices by £150. Find the new prices of each model below, 64 GB variant- £569 (down from £719) 128 GB – £659 (down from £799) 256GB – £899 (down from £1049) 512GB version – £1,289 (down from £1,439) Surface Pro 2 is a solid device for those who need a full PC in a 10-inch form factor. There is no other device in its class. Weighing in at 900 grams, with longer battery life than the original Surface Pro with up to 7 hours of battery life for video playback 7 and up to 8GB of RAM, it goes with you anywhere. The next-generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor provides incredibly ...

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Summer break is just around the corner! And many parents struggle to come up with ways to keep their kids learning and engaged with fun activities throughout the summer months. Microsoft has now offered an help to all such parents by announcing several programs, classes and opportunities to continue the learning and fun after the schools get over this season. As part of Microsoft YouthSpark program, Microsoft is organizing YouthSpark Summer Camps for kids at your local Microsoft retail store. These camps include activities such as Smart Game Coding and Smart Game Designing where students will learn how to build, publish and bring mobile games to life. In addition, Smart Movie Making and Smart Photo Taking offers students a chance to produce and design movies and images. Calling all campers Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) ...

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Microsoft has revealed the location of 6 new Microsoft Stores opening in 2013. The stores will be opening in: The Shops at La Cantera, San Antonio, Texas Dadeland Mall, Miami, Fla. Beachwood Place, Beachwood, Ohio Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco City Creek Center, Salt Lake City St. Louis Galleria, St. Louis Microsoft now has 51 retail and specialty stores open in the US and Canada, and besides the announced stores is also expected to expand into Europe and Australia next year. No specific opening dates were announced. Via Neowin.net ...

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In what is either masterful spin or material information which suggests the Surface tablets are selling much better than expected, Microsoft has said it has increased their Surface tablet production and will be expanding the retail locations the tablet will be available. “The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface. Microsoft said it would make some of their pop-up stores permanent, and would make the tablets available via retailers in Australia and USA. Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months. “Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year. Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier,” ...

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Apple booster Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray has performed a side by side comparison of Microsoft and Apple stores on Black Friday and posted some observations. After 8 hours of observation he found Apple stores were seeing about 715 customers per hour, while Microsoft stores saw 47% less, at around 379 per hour for the two hours they observed them. While this is still pretty respectable traffic, the problem appears to be that buyers at the Microsoft store were mainly buying Xbox games, while the Apple store sold about 11  iPads per hour, vs no Surfaces at all during the two hours they observed the store. Of course not everything was going Apple’s way. While footfall has increased, buying has decreased – last year they sold 2.7 iPads per 100 visitors, this year 1.5 per each 100 visitors, a drop of around 43%, with less iPads being sold than last ...

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The Financial Times reports that Microsoft is confident about launching their first European Microsoft Stores next year, with the company reportedly already speaking to property landlords in UK about the plans. Apparently plans are pending an internal review at the end of this year that will study how well the stores in the US have performed, and which formats have worked best. The stores would sell Microsoft-branded devices like the Surface tablet and possibly rumoured Surface phone, but also hardware  and accessories from their OEM partners like HTC and Nokia Windows Phones. With rumours of an Xbox TV in addition the number of products which could fill shelves makes the decision to have its own retail chain increasingly compelling. Read more at  FT here. ...

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MacWeekend posted this video which was meant to reflect the traffic of Microsoft Stores vs Apples Stores on Black Friday. They labelled the Microsoft shopped are merely shopping, while the Apple buyers were engaged in Worship. If is of note however that in terms of actual traffic rather than simply crowding (the Apple Store is much smaller than the more expansive Microsoft Store) 3 adults entered the Apple store while 2 entered the Microsoft store, so the discrepancy is not as great as it may appear from the video, and of course even now Microsoft is still working on establishing its stores as a destination, especially with the Microsoft Surface being exclusive to their stores. Do our readers think the Microsoft Stores will ever become destinations like the Apple Store? Let us know below. Via CNN.com ...

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Microsoft’s first international Microsoft Store opened at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto today. The packed event offered the first 2000 attendees free tickets to an exclusive by Train, and also a change to play Kinect with Ice Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Microsoft is expected to open their next international store in UK early next year. See more about the event at Microsoft’s Facebook page here. Via Neowin.net ...

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Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft Surface, opens another retail store in Corte Madera, California In a press release Microsoft announced that since the first Microsoft store opened in 2009 more than 15 million customers has been served. “We’ve welcomed more than 15 million customers and counting so far, and have learned a lot from them,” said Jonathan Adashek, general manager of Communications Strategy. “Having this direct connection to our customers has really helped us better understand their tech needs.” Now more than 30 stores have opened, and the first international one in Toronto is opening on Friday, the 16th. “This is the one place where you can see all of Microsoft’s offerings in one place, and that’s something that’s really important for us,” Adashek said. “Customers tell us they appreciate having direct access to Microsoft technology and face-to-face tech support. It’s a huge value for them.” “The stores are ...

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It seems like Apple has been a victim of their own success as their crowded stores turn away some potential customers. After being bitterly turned down by a seemingly ‘far too busy’ Apple store, customer Tonicia Abdur-Salaam turned to Microsoft to provide her school –Richfield’s Partnership Academy K-5 charter school- with the 24 desktop PC’s and a few laptops she was in urgent need of. Not only did Microsoft staff provide her with technical assistance and set up of the computers, but the friendly team threw in a couple Xbox 360’s free of charge. So far, 15 million people have experienced the friendly, insightful service the Microsoft stores have to offer.  In fact, twincities.com reports that 97% of surveyed customers said they preferred Microsoft products to Apple products.  Maybe this could have something to do with the fact that Apple stores are far too ‘packed’ according to Tim Nelson, president ...

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Last night Microsoft took the wrap of their New York Times Square store, in the presence of a large crowd who it seems could not wait to get their hands on some Windows RT Surface tablets. The above pictures were snapped by Steven Sinofsky, who is seems was pretty excited about the event. Neowin spoke to the staff there, and found that Microsoft may in fact keep the pop up store open after the holidays, depending on performance. The store does more than sell Surface tablets, also offering some laptops,  boxed copies of Windows 8, and will soon offer Windows Phone 8 handsets. Click the pictures to see more of the excitement. ...

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Microsoft has announced on its Facebook page that it will be opening up a new Microsoft store in Texas at the Houston Galleria. The grand opening will be on the 23rd June at 9:30 am and will be followed 2 days later by an exclusive performance by Kelly Clarkson. The first 100 people who visit the store on Thursday, June 23, will receive two tickets to the Saturday, June 25, Kelly Clarkson performance and one VIP pass to meet Kelly after the show. The next 1,100 customers in line will each receive two tickets to the June 25 performance. Additional general admission tickets will be given out one-per-person while supplies last. See more detail at Microsoft’s Facebook Events page here. Via MSnewflash.com ...

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