A new Microsoft Store opened near us recently, so I figured I'd go check it out. I haven't been to one since we moved from Washington, where the location in Bellevue was the closest. That one had some amount of decent traffic to it, but that makes sense given the location.
The one in the Mall at Millenia (yeah, they spell it wrong) is smaller, and unlike Bellevue, dwarfed by the Apple Store in the same mall. I wanted to check out the new Surface Pro 2. It's a pretty cool device, very chunky for a tablet, or small for a laptop, depending on how you look at it. I'm not sure who the market is for that, but it's very cool.
That said, the place was a ghost town. I think there are a number of reasons for that.
I try to be a fan for my former employer, because I think that despite the nonsense problems, there really are good people there making great products. It's a shame that they can't seem to get them in front of real people who would be excited about them.