The Mall of America – Welcome to Microsoft!

As I walked into the Mall of America with Theresa I was happy to see that there was a Microsoft Store here.  We met up with my brother-in-law and his family (who had brought my son along) and he took his requisite shot about it… ‘You know, the Microsoft Store here is big, but mosty empty.  You should look at the Apple Store across the way… it’s packed!’  Of course, I am used to these comments from people, and as long as Microsoft enjoys the market share that it does I don’t reaally mind.

We walked into the MS Store and I noticed a couple of things… there are people buying things here.  Lots of them.  People are playing the X-Box Kinnect games (Kinnect Sports Season 2 Golf)… they are trying out the PCs, looking at games and accessories, and I hear aa lot of people asking about Windows 8 – which is still two months from GA, but there’s a lot of buzz indeed!

Across the way at the Apple Store there are indeed a lot of people… and they are waiting in line at the Genius Bar.  A lot of them have their laptops with them and need help.  As far as I am concerned, I hope they stay busier than Microsoft if that’s the way it is.

This is the third Microsoft Store I have been in on this trip, and it will be my last… I don’t like malls to begin with, but this trip to the MoA couldn’t be helped.  After all, it is one of the main attractions in Minnesota, the biggest mall in the country (which, by the way, is dwarfed by the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta).

Sometime in the next quarter the Microsoft Store will be coming to Toronto and I will go in there to help out for launch events and such… and I look forward to meeting the staff there, and hope that they are as enthusiastic about Microsoft and Windows 8 as the great people here.

See you soon!


2 responses to “The Mall of America – Welcome to Microsoft!”

  1. Let me know when the Yorkdale store opens and I will try to be there.

  2. Hey Mitch,

    The Ghermezian family from Edmonton – who built and own West Edmonton Mall – were 50% partners in the Mall of America when it was built. They wanted to turn it into a destination attraction like WEM, but their partners balked at the scale and scope they envisaged. The Ghermezian’s sold their interest in the Mall of America and that’s why WEM is still the largest shopping mall in North America.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the first Microsoft Store in Alberta lands at WEM, but Chinook Centre in Calgary won’t be far behind – given the economy out our way:-)

    Just thought you’d like to know!


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