Microsoft’s Holiday Pop-up Stores to Open on Windows 8 Launch Day

The company wants to bring the new OS closer to its buyers

Microsoft has just announced in a press release that its entire holiday store network will open on October 26 which, as many of you already know, is also the launch date of the brand new Windows 8 operating system.

What’s more, the Redmond-based technology giant will unveil the new Surface RT tablet during the same event scheduled to take place in New York, so today’s announcement pretty much makes sense since two important products will be released later this month.

“In September, Microsoft announced the launch of more than 30 U.S. and Canadian pop-up stores for the holiday season. Today, we are pleased to announce that all Microsoft holiday stores will be open on Oct. 26,” the company said in a press release.

Although Microsoft’s stores sell a wide range of products, including Windows PCs, software, games, hardware and Windows Phones, the stars of the show will clearly be Windows 8 and the Surface tablet.

Surface’s pricing however remains an enigma for all users, despite Steve Ballmer’s comments that it would cost between $300 / €230 and $800 / €620.

As for the store network, Microsoft officially opened four new stores last weekend, two in New York and one in New Hampshire and Delaware, respectively, but it will also inaugurate two new locations next month.

“Cincinnati and San Juan, are you ready for Microsoft? Join us on November 1st for our grand opening in San Juan, PR and on November 8th for our grand opening in Cincinnati at Kenwood Towne Centre. We can't wait!” a message posted on the official Microsoft Store Facebook page reads.

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