Today was the official Launch of Windows 7 and it also marked the launch of the first Microsoft Store in Scottsdale Arizona. I honestly can’t believe how much of a blatant rip off their store is of the Apple Stores in which they are competing against. For anyone that has been to an Apple Store, they know they have the same wood floors, table displays for their products, and large glass windows. I think this is Microsoft’s big problem right now. They are trying to catch up instead of coming up with things to actually differentiate themselves from the competitors. They should have come up with their own unique store design that would make customers want to go there instead of the Apple Store.
Windows 7 on the other hand is getting great reviews and appears to be an excellent product compared to the Vista mess up. Hopefully they did it right and it is enough to make us users still clutching on to XP finally switch from an almost decade old OS.
I’m all for competition and even though I am mainly an Apple user now, I still help users with Windows. I can understand that when cost is an issue, that a Windows machine can do a lot of the same tasks. All be it maybe not quite so eloquently. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft does with their new Phone OS. Will it just simply be a copy of the iPhone? or will they actually do something that makes an iPhone user say “I wish my phone could do that?”
Here is a video of the opening of the Microsoft Store.