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Microsoft retail stores coming to Denver, San Diego

The software maker confirms the next two spots for its retail effort. Sources say that the stores will open in the summer.

Microsoft has settled on the next two spots for its nascent retail effort, with the software giant planning to open outlets in Denver and San Diego.

Those two locations will join Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mission Viejo, Calif., as the only places where one can experience the Microsoft Store in person, though Microsoft also has an online version of the store.

The Denver and San Diego stores are expected to open this summer, according to a source, with other outlets likely by fall.

Microsoft's retail approach takes a lot of cues from Apple, with a heavy focus on presentation, as well as a theater for training and an answer bar where customers can get technical help. There are also some unique-to-Microsoft touches like the tabletop Surface computers, Xbox displays, and a line of flat-screen displays creating a video wall that rings the store.

The company sells PCs from a variety of makers, though the systems come with a "Microsoft Signature" collection of software found only at Microsoft's online and retail stores.

Denver and San Diego were outed as the next locations after Business Insider spotted job listings for the new locations.

For those who haven't had their own peek at the stores, here's a video I did after a visit last year to the Mission Viejo location.

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