Software vendor Microsoft in a recent blog post said it opened 35 stores over the past 12 months and now has 83 stores across North America.
In the last one year, Microsoft received more than 362 million customers to online Microsoft Store properties in more than 200 markets worldwide.
Microsoft is also gearing up to expand its global presence with more stores. In January 2014, Microsoft will open three new stores at Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Westfarms, Farmington, Conn; and Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, N.J.
Jonathan Adashek, general manager, Communications Strategy, Sales & Marketing Services Group, Microsoft, said: “We will continue to extend a majority of our specialty store locations into the New Year, while also transitioning some of those specialty stores into permanent full-line stores given the great success we’ve had with them.”
Microsoft retail stores across the world showcased devices and services including, Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520 Windows Phones, Surface 2, Xbox One, Office 365 and Windows 8.1 laptops, ultrabooks, convertibles and all-in-ones.
The software vendor, which is buying Nokia phone business in a $7.4 billion deal, has conducted events and workshops, including free summer camps, first looks at the MakerBot 3D printer, midnight product launches for Surface 2 and Xbox One, as well as workshops demonstrating new ways to create holiday gifts using technology.