CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Christmas Gift Guide

Greetings from Redmond

We've got answers

Endless software aisle

A never-ending supply of software

Checking out Windows 7

A view from outside

Show me some skin

Would you like Windows with that?

The kids table

Hard to miss

Windows and walls

Racing on a Zune HD

The Microsoft retail store in Mission Viejo, Calif., as seen from outside the shop, is one of two the company opened earlier this fall. The other is in Scottsdale, Ariz. CNET recently took a look around Microsoft's store in Orange County, Calif., to see for itself how Redmond is doing in its retail push.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
Whereas Apple has its "genius bar," Microsoft has its answers desk. In both cases, customers can get answers to technical questions as well as have their devices repaired if needed.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
One of the unique features of the Microsoft Store is the ability to pick from hundreds of software titles beyond those stocked on store shelves. The on-demand software, including manual and packaging, can be created in just a few minutes.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
The on-demand software creation machine from Tribeka means that Microsoft can offer an unlimited supply of a particular software title--a potential boon for sales of popular new releases, particularly during the holiday shopping season.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
Joe Babakanian checks out a Windows 7 laptop at the Microsoft Store.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
The Microsoft retail store in Mission Viejo, as seen from outside the shop.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
The Microsoft Store offers the option to "skin" a desktop, laptop, or Xbox with any number of covers, ranging from Disney themes to college and pro sports logos. Skins are created on-demand in the back of the store.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
Microsoft's efforts to let mall-goers know of its presence extends to the food court, where it has ads pasted on the tables.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
As at the Apple store, Microsoft has a special section for the younger set, complete with age-appropriate software and shorter tables.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
Even if customers have never heard of the Microsoft Store before entering the Mission Viejo mall, it's hard to walk around without learning it is there.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
The video wall is one of the most striking design features of the Microsoft Store, using dozens of flat-screen displays to show still images and full-motion videos.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
There are a number of Zune HDs on display, loaded with the new games, including Project Gotham Racing, shown here.
Caption by / Photo by Ina Fried/CNET
Updated:
Up Next
These were the hottest holiday toys...
16