Video tour of Microsoft Houston store opening

Though we don't have too many of these Microsoft stores, they are starting to roll out across a few malls in the U.S. and we say, bring it on. As an obvious attempt to jump on the popularity of Apple's stores, which are notoriously busy, it's still nice to see Microsoft try to compete with them and even the playing field.

The Houston store looks nice enough and more natural than than the all white, antiseptic feel of Apple's stores (and we seem to be lacking the all to pretentious 'Genius Bar', thankfully). Personally, we can't wait till Microsoft brings one of these to New York City, hopefully in a grand way.

Video by Greg McClendon Jr.; thanks for the tip

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • I like our Microsoft Store here in Denver! Not as busy as the Fruit store down the way, but getting there.
  • The one in the Mall of America is DIRECTLY across from the apple store. Have to drive down to the Twin Cities tomorrow [to get my Surround replaced, grrrrr] perhaps i'll swing by for the first time.
  • I'm sure Jobs and Co. are extremely flattered ;)
  • Daniel, thanks for posting my video! I was just excited, so I tweeted it to you all, but I wasn't expecting this.The store was super busy in there, but I was happy to be there...especially since this was the only place I could walk in and put my hands on a Dell Venue Pro! Made me look at my HD7 in contempt :(Thanks again!
  • Don't feel too much contempt for your HD7. The Venue Pro is beautiful and very solid but Dell (in typical Dell fashion) has to work out a problem with the WiFi. However, I believe a firmware update is on the way. Dispite the WiFi issue I love my Venue Pro and especially love WP7!
  • fuuny, the sales people are dressed like Metro tiles! lol. and it's busy as heck with the audio making sound like you're on Mars!
  • Yeah, I wasn't sure why it recorded the sounds of the crowd that way =/ Yet, at the end of the video when I briefly speak to someone, my voice and theirs is clear enough. Anyway, I thought it was weird too.
  • ^My Surround sounds the same way. I don't like it >:/
  • last time i visited the Galleria mall the MS store was being made. the store looks fun and waaaaaaay more personality than the apple store..
  • I have no Microsoft stores in my area. The apple people are very well trained and scared as **** to say anything out of line. But apple only has apple products made produced for and by apple. A lot of people overlook that Microsoft Provides os for many manufacturers. There are many different vendors. I would hope that Microsoft would use the retail locations as a Central mark for software repair, hardware repair, schools, certifications, tutorials like apple, and more then just traditional retail with many services on-site.
  • I like the microsoft stores concept, but I think the wood looks too cheap.
  • Nice to see they're(MS) having a great start.!! :-)
  • Ha, that's awesome! My brother and I were there when the video was being recorded. My bro was the guy playing Portal 2 -you'll have to forgive him... he's a console gamer, ha.The Store is pretty cool and the staff is friendly However on Saturday it was a mess (packed) because of the Kelly Clarkson concert and autograph signing.Oh, and Microsoft even had 2 large Microsoft Store logos painted into the ice of the skating rink on the 1st floor of the mall. It looked great.
  • Where is the Zune display running on a nice flat screen with the artist logos and metro text scrolling in the background? One of the most visually appealing things MS has and it would be perfect! The Zune pass will sell phones. They've gotta get it in the stores.