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Microsoft enters into partnership with Insteon for home automation

05/15, 9:57pm

Insteon app brings exclusive use to Windows OS, items available in Microsoft stores

In a deal with Insteon, Microsoft has announced that it will be taking its first steps into the home automation market. The agreement between the two companies will begin June 1, with an enhanced version of the Insteon app with exclusive features for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8. Insteon products will also make their way into Microsoft stores under the deal.

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Microsoft offers $100 discount on new PC with Windows XP trade-in

03/21, 4:58pm

Attempt by Microsoft to upgrade users before Windows XP support ends

Microsoft is trying to encourage users to migrate away from Windows XP to a newer operating system, by offering a discount on a new computer. Customers buying one of a number of selected PCs at a Microsoft Store will be able to receive a discount of $100 off the cost of the new machine, after exchanging an older computer running Windows XP with the store.

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Microsoft offers 12-month Xbox Music Pass, budget Nokia Lumia for $99

02/04, 12:59pm

Choice of Lumia 520, Lumia 521 when buying Xbox Music Pass subscription

Microsoft is offering a budget Nokia smartphone and anXbox Music Pass subscription from the Microsoft Store for $99, for a limited time. The offer, available in the United States and Puerto Rico, consists of a 12-month subscription to the music service, along with the choice of either a Lumia 520 on AT&T or a Lumia 521 on T-Mobile, as off-contract devices.

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Forbes: Microsoft expanding iPad trade-in program to iPhones

09/25, 4:34am

Company deserate to unload original Surface tablets ahead of second-gen revamp

Microsoft, which recently announced a trade-in program for users who want to exchange their working iPads for a Microsoft Surface tablet, is said to be planning to expand the program to iPhones as it seeks customers willing to buy the unpopular first-generation Surface even as the company prepares the already-announced Surface 2 line to head to retail. The expanded program, said to begin on Friday, will accept iPhone 4S or 5 units and reward traders with a $200 Microsoft store gift card, which can be used for other MS products and accessories, such as an Xbox.

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Microsoft ships more Surface Pro stock to retail stores

02/13, 6:50am

More 128GB version in stores by end of week

Microsoft has confirmed that more stock of its Surface Pro will be heading to stores. The head of the Surface team, Panos Panay, posted on Twitter that more 64GB models are shipping to Staples, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores and for online orders, while the 128GB variant will be reaching Best Buy and Microsoft Stores by Saturday.

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Microsoft lists first six permanent store locations for 2013

12/26, 12:44pm

Some listings replace pop-up holiday shops with permanent stores

Microsoft has listed the first six stores it will launch in 2013, in its attempt to copy the success of Apple and its stores. All based in the United States, the new store locations form part of the software company's plan to open 75 new Microsoft Stores in the next three years, and adds upon the existing 40 stores across the country.

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Microsoft to measure US Store success before reaching Europe

11/26, 8:17am

UK stores hinted at through landlord talks

Microsoft will be gauging the public reaction to Microsoft Stores in the US before expanding into Europe. The performance of existing US stores will decide the fate of potential store launches on the continent, though Microsoft has already launched permanent international branches in Canada and Puerto Rico successfully.

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First permanent international Microsoft Store launches

11/18, 6:58pm

Store in Toronto, ON. opened by Wayne Gretzky

Microsoft has opened a new store in Toronto, ON. The location at Yorkdale Shopping Center is now the first outside the United States to have a permanent location, which also happens to be the 31st non-temporary retail location launched by the company, aside from the 34 temporary stores opened in the US and Canada for the holiday season.

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Microsoft Store in Puerto Rico set for November 1 launch

10/08, 12:17am

Corte Madera opening to follow soon

Ads in Puerto Rico have revealed that the Microsoft Store previously expected to open there will have its grand opening on November 1. The ads were spotted by WPCentral, and confirmed in a post on Microsoft's Facebook page. The new Microsoft store will be opening at the Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, and Microsoft will be opening more stores in Toronto, Ontario, and Corte Madera, California, and other areas around the same time frame.

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Microsoft Store gig ends after rapper destroys computers

10/02, 2:04pm

Performer jumped onto table in first song

An in-store gig by a rapper ended abruptly after he started damaging merchandise. Machine Gun Kelly was hired by Microsoft to perform at its store in the Lenox Mall in Atlanta last Friday, but shortly after starting his first song, he cursed at the machinery on display, jumped onto one of the tables, and started stamping while he performed.

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Microsoft to have 44 retail stores by mid-2013

07/11, 10:38pm

Expansion to include two outside the US

Microsoft is looking to expand its retail operations and will reportedly have 44 stores up and running by the end of its fiscal 2013. ZDNet reports that Microsoft officials have confirmed that number as the company's target for the end of June 2013. A couple of tweets from Microsoft have confirmed that the company will be opening new stores in Orlando and Boston in the month of August. Further, a job posting seeking Microsoft Store personnel reveals that the company is looking to expand to Puerto Rico and Canada in the near future.

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Xbox and Kinect for $99, 2 year Live subscripton confirmed

05/07, 7:30pm

Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle subsidized by 2 year contract

The previously speculated Xbox 360 bundle deal from Microsoft has been confirmed to exist. A voucher for the bundle has appeared on the Microsoft Store website, showing a 4GB Xbox 360 complete with Kinect for $99 and a two-year, $15-per-month Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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Microsoft stores give free Windows Phones for spending $499

10/19, 3:50pm

In-store only promotion ends October 31

Microsoft is running a by-one-get-phone-free promotion to get buyers into one of its 14 Microsoft Stores to buy a computer or gaming console. If a customer spends $499 or more, they can also pick up a free Windows phone. The deal is not tied to a specific wireless carrier.

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Microsoft finally opening Seattle store opposite from Apple

07/27, 5:10pm

Store follows company's placement tactics

Microsoft is finally preparing to open its Seattle store, which has been placed directly opposite one of Apple's retail outlets. On the Microsoft Store official Facebook page, the company posted an image of the building, which is still under construction, along with a comment promising to open the University Village location sometime in the fall.

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