Over the past year, Microsoft has opened 35 stores with now a total of 83 full-line and specialty stores across North America. They are pushing forward by announcing the locations of the first three new stores for 2014. Is Microsoft putting a new location near you? Let's find out.
If you find yourself in the following locations, consider yourself lucky. You're getting a new Microsoft Store.
- Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
- Westfarms, Farmington, Conn.
- Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, N.J.
Don’t worry if you don’t live near these locations. Microsoft will continue to open new stores while also transitioning some of the specialty stores (usually kiosks) into permanent full-line stores. Unfortunately, no plans have been shared about Microsoft brick-and-mortar stores outside North America. You can see the complete list of store locations at this page.
We love going to the Microsoft Stores because everyone can play with the latest products. You can try out the new Windows Phone devices or the latest Windows tablets before buying them. There are also a variety of events and workshops running every week. They are also home to some really good deals. For example, they are currently running the 12 days of deals. Some of the deals have included the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 for just $99.
What’s also great about the Microsoft Stores is the Answer Desk. Whether you bought your PC from Microsoft or somewhere else, their Answer Desk experts will repair any software-related issue, including the following services, for free:
- Extended diagnostics on any device
- Software repair or support
- Virus and malware removal
- PC tune-ups for increased performance
- Recycle for Rewards appraisal with store credit
There are paid services for other things like upgrades, installation, or data needs.
We are glad that we’ll be seeing more Microsoft Stores in the coming year. Are you still waiting for one to open nearby? Microsoft says you can let them know where they should open their next store at their Facebook page.