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microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in regent street opposite appl


shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual experience, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson that microsoft is taking to heart. today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in london in regent street near oxford circus — just a stone’s (or an iphone’s) throw from the apple flagship store that saw a huge revamp a year ago.the area around oxford circus, which is at the intersection of oxford street and regent street, is one of the most high-profile shopping precincts in the world, so having a presence there underscores microsoft’s strategy to double down on retail.“we couldn’t be happier to be opening a flagship store in the heart of central london at oxford circus, whe






u village may get larger apple store, right in front of microsoft store


in a parking lot between the seattle shopping center’s current apple store and the microsoft store, a new retail building is under construction.apple is apparently building a new apple store at university village that, coincidentally or not, would put it just across from the center’s microsoft store.documents filed with the city of seattle discuss the building of “village green,” a new 2-story retail building in university village being constructed on a parking lot just south of the shopping center’s three-story crate and barrel store. the location is between the center’s current apple store and the microsoft store.while the filings don’t directly say an apple store will be built there, they include references to apple. one document is addressed to foster + partners, the architectural firm






apple is opening new stores in downtown miami, cologne and nanjing


while apple’s retail team is currently remodeling all its stores, the company is also opening brand new stores around the world. apple is opening a flagship store in downtown miami, a new store in a historic building in cologne and a third store in nanjing.last weekend, apple reopened the 35th remodeled store across 18 different states. “almost 50 percent of the stores in the u.s. were built before the iphone,” apple senior market director enrique atienza working on apple stores across north and south america told me.for instance, in indianapolis, here’s a comparison of the old store and the new store in the same mall but in another location (i’m going to miss those fake cardboard ipod nano models):keystone_remodel_0010keystone crossing_20160916_ps_hero models_crop view slideshowpreviousne






apple is opening new stores in downtown miami, cologne and nanjing


while apple’s retail team is currently remodeling all its stores, the company is also opening brand new stores around the world. apple is opening a flagship store in downtown miami, a new store in a historic building in cologne and a third store in nanjing.last weekend, apple reopened the 35th remodeled store across 18 different states. “almost 50 percent of the stores in the u.s. were built before the iphone,” apple senior market director enrique atienza working on apple stores across north and south america told me.for instance, in indianapolis, here’s a comparison of the old store and the new store in the same mall but in another location (i’m going to miss those fake cardboard ipod nano models):keystone_remodel_0010keystone crossing_20160916_ps_hero models_crop view slideshowpreviousne






apple is opening new stores in downtown miami, cologne and nanjing


while apple’s retail team is currently remodeling all its stores, the company is also opening brand new stores around the world. apple is opening a flagship store in downtown miami, a new store in a historic building in cologne and a third store in nanjing.last weekend, apple reopened the 35th remodeled store across 18 states. “almost 50 percent of the stores in the u.s. were built before the iphone,” apple senior market director enrique atienza, who is working on apple stores across north and south america, told me.for instance, in indianapolis, here’s a comparison of the old store and the new store in the same mall but in another location (i’m going to miss those fake cardboard ipod nano models):keystone_remodel_0010keystone crossing_20160916_ps_hero models_crop view slideshowpreviousnex






itunes is coming to the windows store


here is a surprise: at its build developer conference, microsoft today announced that apple’s itunes will come to the windows store by the end of the year. the itunes app will have full iphone support and users will essentially get the same itunes experience from the windows store app that the existing windows app currently offers.why is this a big deal? windows 10 s only runs windows store apps and unless an application like itunes is available in the store, those users who want to buy a surface laptop, for example, either have to upgrade to windows 10 pro (which may not always be an option) or forego syncing their iphones with their new windows pc.details about this arrangement with apple remain vague, though. microsoft didn’t show any screenshots of what this experience will look like,






microsoft touts microsoft-customized edition of samsung galaxy s8


even microsoft is being swept up in samsung galaxy s8 mania.on march 30, microsoft announced that it is making available for pre-order the samsung galaxy s8 and galaxy s8+ microsoft edition. both phones will be available for purchase beginning april 21 at brick-and-mortar u.s. microsoft store locations. samsung unveiled its new flagship galaxy s8 and s8+ phones on march 29.details as to exactly what "microsoft edition" means are scarce. but based on an email i received from a microsoft spokesperson, i believe this means these phones will need to be unboxed inside a microsoft store, connected to the microsoft store wifi and automatically populated with microsoft apps, including office, onedrive, cortana, outlook and more microsoft apps.(as an android phone user who runs many microsoft apps






apple is set to double the size of its flagship nyc retail store


why it matters to you apple's flagship new york city retail store is already a tourist draw, but the company is looking to make it even more impressive.it looks like apple could be prepping to take its flagship fifth avenue store in new york city to the next level. apple’s disputes with the landowner, boston properties, have been settled, and according to a bloomberg report, apple is now set to more than double the size of the store from 32,000 square feet to a hefty 77,000 square feet.the road to expansion has been somewhat long for apple, which was awarded a design patent in 2014 for the gl box store. in may 2016, reports surfaced suggesting boston properties was considering not renewing apple’s lease because, according to reports, apple didn’t want to pay the asking price. why? apple a






microsoft touts microsoft-customized edition of samsung galaxy s8


even microsoft is being swept up in samsung galaxy s8 mania.on march 30, microsoft announced that it is making available for pre-order the samsung galaxy s8 and galaxy s8+ microsoft edition. both phones will be available for purchase beginning april 21 at brick-and-mortar us microsoft store locations. samsung unveiled its new flagship galaxy s8 and s8+ phones on march 29.details as to exactly what "microsoft edition" means are scarce. but based on an email i received from a microsoft spokesperson, i believe this means these phones will need to be unboxed inside a microsoft store, connected to the microsoft store wi-fi and automatically populated with microsoft apps, including office, onedrive, cortana, outlook, and more microsoft apps. eight reasons the samsung galaxy s8 and s8 plus are go






lululemon stretching into gold coast flagship


lululemon is stretching out in the gold coast, where the yoga-wear brand plans to expand its store into a flagship.the canadian retailer plans to nearly double the size of its store at rush and walton streets by expanding into an adjacent building, according to the owner of the buildings, acadia realty trust.in the unique deal, lululemon's existing space of about 2,900 square feet at 930 n. rush st. will be combined with 2,300 square feet next door at 12 e. walton st. that is currently occupied by italian suit-maker brioni, which is closing, said christopher conlon, executive vice president and chief operating officer of acadia.construction to create the larger flagship store will begin in the next 30 days, conlon said.the project will require lululemon's gold coast store to close for a fe






yes, apple is mystery tenant at walnut creek’s broadway plaza – the mercury news


walnut creek — apple is the mystery tenant of a state-of-the-art store under construction in broadway plaza.the cupertino-based company is planning to open a new apple store in the broadway plaza promenade building in progress along south main street at the former california pizza kitchen site. the doors could open in february 2018, according to city planning staff.the store is replacing an existing apple store on south main street.walnut creek design review commissioners, city staffers and broadway plaza operators were mum last year about who would be occupying the building designed by san francisco-based architecture firm bohlin cywinski jackson. the firm has designed apple flagship stores in cities, including palo alto, boston, new york, london, shanghai and sydney.despite the secrecy s






apple's chicago river flagship taking shape


right now, the glass walls starting to encircle apple's new flagship store alongside the chicago river, by north michigan avenue, don't look like much. that's exactly the point.eventually the scaffolding will be taken down, leaving floor-to-ceiling glass walls opening a view from the pioneer court plaza to the river."we wanted the building to be as light and transparent as possible," said james mcgrath, a partner at foster + partners, the london-based architectural firm that designed the chicago store and apple's cupertino, calif., headquarters.apple isn't saying when its $27 million store under construction in front of 401 n. michigan ave. will open, but sources have said it is targeting october. apple's new chicago flagship store on the riverfront is taking shape. the roof is going in pl






apple's itunes is coming to the windows store


the windows store platform’s heating up now that windows 10 s is here and restricted to microsoft’s walled garden. at the windows 10 s launch event last week, it was revealed that spotify is on its way, and during thursday’s build 2017 keynote, windows chief terry myerson announced that itunes—yes, apple’s crown jewel—is coming to the windows store.details beyond that are scarce; myerson simply said that itunes will include apple music and “full support for iphone,” whatever that means for a windows store app. the addition of itunes and spotify to the windows store will make windows 10 s’s restrictions a little bit less onerous, and i’m looking forward to the new itunes app even as a fierce traditional desktop advocate. why? because the itunes desktop app for windows pcs has been a burning






apple's itunes is coming to the windows store


the windows store platform’s heating up now that windows 10 s is here and restricted to microsoft’s walled garden. at the windows 10 s launch event last week, it was revealed that spotify is on its way, and during thursday’s build 2017 keynote, windows chief terry myerson announced that itunes—yes, apple’s crown jewel—is coming to the windows store.details beyond that are scarce; myerson simply said that itunes will include apple music and “full support for iphone,” whatever that means for a windows store app. the addition of itunes and spotify to the windows store will make windows 10 s’s restrictions a little bit less onerous, and i’m looking forward to the new itunes app even as a fierce traditional desktop advocate. why? because the itunes desktop app for windows pcs has been a burning






apple flagship, mag mile offices selling for $370 million


a michigan avenue office tower whose plaza will include apple's new flagship store is about to get a new owner in a $370 million deal.that comes as the 50-story leo burnett building on wacker drive is set to go up for sale. valued at an estimated $530 million, it will be the most valuable office tower to hit the market in downtown chicago so far this year. chicago-based walton street capital has agreed to buy the 35-story office building, 401 north michigan, for about $370 million, according to sources.if the deal is completed as expected, the sale price for the former equitable building would be more than triple the $120 million that chicago's zeller realty group paid equitable life assurance society of the united states in 2001.the approximately 760,000-square-foot office property includ






microsoft's 'office in the windows store' release is coming june 15


microsoft officials said earlier this year the full version of office, brought to the windows store using the 'project centennial' bridge, would be available in june.it looks like tomorrow, june 15, may be the day.the infamous microsoft leaker, "the walking cat," has unearthed a microsoft support article that outs the newest version of office. microsoft seemingly is christening this release "office in the windows store.""it's the office you know and trust, delivered in a new way from the windows store," explains the microsoft support article.this version of office is ready to roll. the -- new install and update process are designated as being in "preview."this new version of office may be especially interesting to those running the new microsoft surface laptops, which begin shipping on jun






microsoft's 'office in the windows store' release is coming june 15


microsoft officials said earlier this year the full version of office, brought to the windows store using the 'project centennial' bridge, would be available in june.it looks like tomorrow, june 15, may be the day.the infamous microsoft leaker, "the walking cat," has unearthed a microsoft support article that outs the newest version of office. microsoft seemingly is christening this release "office in the windows store.""it's the office you know and trust, delivered in a new way from the windows store," explains the microsoft support article.this first few centennial office apps are ready to roll. the new install and update process are designated as being in "preview."this new version of office may be especially interesting to those running the new microsoft surface laptops, which begin sh






macy's eyeing rooftop expansion to flagship new york store


new york — the department store chain macy's is considering a rooftop addition to its flagship store in new york city's herald square neighborhood.the plan, announced tuesday, would add restaurants and green space to the roof of the 2.2 million-square-foot building on 34th street.a macy's executive tells the new york post (http://nyp.st/2sqlbss ) that the flagship building has become even more valuable as businesses have opened in the nearby hudson yards redevelopment, which saw the addition of a new subway station in 2015.macy's says the rooftop idea is meant to encourage people to go through the store either on their way up to or down from the roof's attractions.






microsoft's 'office in the windows store' release is coming june 15


microsoft officials said earlier this year the full version of office, brought to the windows store using the 'project centennial' bridge, would be available in june.it looks like tomorrow, june 15, may be the day.the infamous microsoft leaker, "the walking cat," has unearthed a microsoft support article that outs the newest version of office. microsoft seemingly is christening this release "office in the windows store.""it's the office you know and trust, delivered in a new way from the windows store," explains the microsoft support article.this first few centennial office apps are ready to roll. the new install and update process are designated as being in "preview."this new version of office may be especially interesting to those running the new microsoft surface laptops, which begin sh






microsoft's new to-do app means wunderlist's days are numbered


the clock is ticking for users of the popular and highly-regarded wunderlist app.microsoft on april 19 released a preview version of to-do, a task management app inspired by wunderlist, for ios, android, windows and the web. the company acquired 6wunderkinder, the german makers of the popular wunderlist app, in 2015. microsoft reportedly paid between $100 million and $200 million for the startup and its technology.now, nearly two years later, microsoft is getting ready to pull the plug on the app that started it all."in the coming months, we'll bring more of the favorite elements of wunderlist into the to-do experience, adding features such as list sharing, apps for mac, ipad and android tablet, as well as additional integrations with other microsoft services," ori artman, general manager






microsoft is bringing the office suite to the windows store


why it matters to you microsoft's decision to bring the office suite to the windows store sheds more light on the role of windows 10 cloud.in recent years, microsoft has drastically increased the number of ways users can get access to its office suite, from the web-based implementations that are available via office 365, to the touch-enabled versions created for mobile usage. now, it seems that office is making its way to the windows store.microsoft will use the desktop app converter, formerly known as project centennial, to bring office to the windows store, according to a report from ms power user. the tool was created to make it easy for developers to offer traditional desktop software as apps, which might hint at the company’s overarching game plan.more: new preview build of microsoft






apple confirms sept. 12 product launch at new headquarters


apple inc. on thursday confirmed plans to hold its annual product launch event on sept. 12 at its new headquarters, making it the inaugural public showcase at the $5 billion campus.the announcement, confirming an article monday in the wall street journal, formally sets the stage for the unveiling of a new iphone model loaded with features like facial-recognition technology and wireless charging. high expectations for that device...






microsoft touts microsoft-customized edition of samsung galaxy s8


even microsoft is being swept up in samsung galaxy s8 mania.samsung galaxy s8on march 30, microsoft announced that it is making available for pre-order the samsung galaxy s8 and galaxy s8+ microsoft edition. both phones will be available for purchase beginning april 21 at brick-and-mortar us microsoft store locations.details as to exactly what "microsoft edition" means are scarce. but based on an email i received from a microsoft spokesperson, i believe this means these phones will need to be unboxed inside a microsoft store, connected to the microsoft store wi-fi and automatically populated with microsoft apps, including office, onedrive, cortana, outlook, and more microsoft apps.(as an android phone user who runs many microsoft apps on her phone, this doesn't seem as crazy to me as it mi






microsoft's apps problem has never been more dire


images: alex cranz/gizmodoat microsoft’s build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it’s a cool competitor to apple and google. the speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. “do they have dressers backstage?” an attendee asked a group of us when it was all over. advertisementbuild exists to get developers excited. the biggest devs blow upwards of $2000 for a three-day pass to the event, where they have unlimited drinks, plentiful meals, and access to microsoft’s best and brightest. part of microsoft’s wooing process involves appearing “hip” to a group of developers who resemble the cast of silicon valley in all the worst ways. hence the light show and microsoft evp terry myerson’s questiona






microsoft's apps problem has never been more dire


images: alex cranz/gizmodoat microsoft’s build conference, the dorkiest of companies put on a big show, complete with fog machines and fancy lights, in order to show it’s a cool competitor to apple and google. the speakers who came on stage during keynotes had stylish hair. “do they have dressers backstage?” an attendee asked a group of us when it was all over. advertisementbuild exists to get developers excited. the biggest devs blow upwards of $2000 for a three-day pass to the event, where they have unlimited drinks, plentiful meals, and access to microsoft’s best and brightest. part of microsoft’s wooing process involves appearing “hip” to a group of developers who resemble the cast of silicon valley in all the worst ways. hence the light show and microsoft evp terry myerson’s questiona






taiwan will finally get its first apple store


apple is getting ready to launch its first retail store in taiwan. according to its taiwan website, the apple store will be in taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper, and decorated with papercut art by yang shiyi, whose work is already featured on a sign marking the shop’s future location.up till now, taiwanese apple users have relied on its site or authorized resellers like youth, studio a, and istore to buy products. the apple store’s arrival in taiwan is interesting because of its fraught relationship with china—which is apple’s largest market outside of the u.s. and considers taiwan a rogue state instead of a sovereign country. the absence of an official apple store was especially ironic because many of apple’s key suppliers, including foxconn, are headquartered in taiwan.the delay, howev






apple continues asia expansion with its first retail store in taiwan


apple has continued to expand its retail footprint in asia after the iphone-maker opened its first store in taiwan this weekend.the inaugural apple store is located in taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper in taipei, and it is staffed with an initial workforce of 130 employees, apple said. doors in taiwan opened at 11am local time on saturday, but eager fans had queued for as long as 68 hours in some cases, focus taiwan reports.beyond selling products and offering repairs, the apple taipei 101 store is aimed at being a place for community and learning. apple said it will offer visitors access to its ‘today at apple’ programs that cover topics like photography and video, art, design, music and coding.like in other parts of asia, apple customers in taiwan had until now had to rely on apple’s web






how to watch the live stream for today’s apple iphone keynote


apple is holding a keynote today at the brand new steve jobs theater on apple campus, and the company is expected to unveil new iphone models, a new apple watch as well as a new apple tv. at 10 am pt (1 pm in new york, 6 pm in london, 7 pm in paris), you’ll be able to watch the event as the company is streaming it live.you know what september means. it means that apple is about to unveil a new iphone. but this year is going to be different as the company should unveil not one, not two but three different models. there should be a new iphone 8 and iphone 8 plus as well as a mysterious iphone x. there were many leaks already, but some details are still unclear. also, you can count on a new apple watch as well as a much more powerful apple tv. it’s going to be a packed event.if you have the c






taiwan will finally get its first apple store


apple is getting ready to launch its first retail store in taiwan. according to its taiwan website, the apple store will be in taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper, and decorated with papercut art by yang shiyi, whose work is already featured on a sign marking the shop’s future location.up till now, taiwanese apple users have relied on its site or authorized resellers like youth, studio a, and istore to buy products. the apple store’s arrival in taiwan is interesting because of the country’s fraught relationship with china,  apple’s largest market outside of the u.s., which considers taiwan a rogue state instead of a sovereign nation.the absence of an official apple store was especially ironic because many of apple’s key suppliers, including foxconn, are headquartered in taiwan despite oper






taiwan will finally get its first apple store


apple is getting ready to launch its first retail store in taiwan. according to its taiwan website, the apple store will be in taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper, and decorated with papercut art by yang shiyi, whose work is already featured on a sign marking the shop’s future location.up till now, taiwanese apple users have relied on its site or authorized resellers like youth, studio a, and istore to buy products. the apple store’s arrival in taiwan is interesting because of the country’s fraught relationship with china,  apple’s largest market outside of the u.s., which considers taiwan a rogue state instead of a sovereign nation. the absence of an official apple store was especially ironic because many of apple’s key suppliers, including foxconn, are headquartered in taiwan despite ope






microsoft announces windows 10 s, new surface laptop


microsoft announced windows 10 s, a version of windows 10 that can only run apps downloaded from the windows store, and a surface laptop that will rely on the new operating system. the company also said that laptops running windows 10 s will debut this summer with a starting price of $189--a move that's clearly meant to help microsoft combat google's efforts to capture the education market with its low-priced chromebooks.windows 10 s(tore)microsoft said in a blog post that windows 10 s was designed with students and teachers in mind. it's supposed to be "streamlined for simplicity, security, and superior performance" when compared to windows 10 home and windows 10 pro. those goals are mostly achieved with the simple decision to restrict software to what's available from the windows store,






how to access microsoft remote desktop on macos sierra


image: apple the most seasoned mac users sometimes need to access windows applications to get their work done. while the two ecosystems were at odds with each other for most of their early days in the enterprise, there are now many options for mac users who need to access a windows app or server. tools like parallels and virtualbox are popular among users but, for years, one of the standard applications for connecting the two systems is the microsoft remote desktop connection. and, fortunately, the process for downloading and using the microsoft remote desktop on macos sierra is fairly straightforward. here's how. note: if you want to access microsoft remote desktop on an older version of mac os x, check out this article instead. as with most modern mac applications, microsoft remote deskt






microsoft is offering its own version of the galaxy s8 with cortana, if bixby is


why it matters to you if you or your business relies on microsoft's ecosystem and you've been eyeing the galaxy s8, this edition will come with all the apps you need ready to go.if you were planning on picking up a galaxy s8 when it launches late next month, you can currently pre-order from samsung directly, from your wireless carrier, or from one of many retailers. as it turns out, though, you can also go to your local microsoft store.microsoft has announced it will be selling a customized version of samsung’s latest flagship smartphone loaded with the company’s apps and services in its american brick-and-mortar locations. the device will launch on april 21 — the same as the regular s8 — and is seemingly identical to the standard version in terms of hardware.more: samsung galaxy s8 and s8






microsoft prepares office and teams for classrooms


microsoft's new surface laptop running the windows 10 s may be all the buzz following yesterday's media event in new york city, but the company also made several new announcement that may have a significant impact on how educators and their students interact with technology at many school districts.among them was a preview of office for windows 10 s, due to hit the microsoft store for education app marketplace sometime this summer. windows 10 s, also unveiled yesterday, is a lightweight version of the company's flagship operating system that will only run apps from microsoft's app store. this restriction enhances security, according to company executives. to run conventional windows apps on windows 10 s devices requires that users upgrade to windows 10 pro.also this summer, the software gi






microsoft confirms six-month windows 10 update schedule


microsoft said that windows 10 will now be on a six-month upgrade cycle like the one used for office 365 proplus. the move is supposed to make it easier for the company's business customers to know when updates will be released and for how long each version of windows 10 will be supported.this update schedule doesn't come as much of a surprise. microsoft released the windows 10 anniversary update in august 2016, and the creators update made its public debut on april 11, leaving a seven-month gap between the flagship upgrades. now the company has confirmed that it plans to release two updates per year--one in september and one in march--and said the creators update's antecedent should arrive in september 2017.microsoft also said that each version of windows 10 will be "serviced and supporte






apple won't add touchscreen, arm cpus to macs


why it matters to you if you want a big, powerful touchscreen all-in-one, your best bet for now is the microsoft surface studio.although apple’s iphone helped popularize the idea of a touchscreen smartphone, it still doesn’t want to bring the technology to its mac desktop systems. it has also made it clear to questioning journalists, it has no plans to swap out intel hardware for arm processors.these questions came to light during a recent roundtable discussion apple had with a number of journalists it invited out to its cupertino, california, headquarters. during the chat, several reporters asked whether apple had any plans to add touchscreen functionality to its macs, in a similar manner to microsoft’s all-in-one surface studio products.it was also asked whether there was any possibility






microsoft celebrates summer with 'ultimate game sale,' sweepstakes (updated)


update, 6/30/17, 11:20am pt: the ultimate game sale is now live. discounts in the xbox store are higher than microsoft originally said, especially for xbox live gold members, who can get up to 80% off certain items, as opposed to the "up to 50%" discount microsoft announced. you can find lists of discounted items in the xbox store and windows store. original article, 6/28/17, 1:00pm pt:summer is the season of nice weather, grilled food, and... game sales. gog already threw its summer sale, the steam summer sale runs until july 5, and now microsoft's ultimate game sale will go through june 30 to july 10. (and don't forget the humble spring sale from the last week of may.) while the rest of the world heads outside, the games industry seems hell-bent on making sure you stay inside with your n