Microsoft Store launches in the UK


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The Microsoft Store launches today.  This is limited to the UK and Germany – not even the US have this yet. Have a look at http://www.microsoftstore.co.uk This is the first time Microsoft has made our products available to the customer to buy online direct from us.

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300x250_whiteBackgroundThis is quite a radical move that allows a customer buy our products direct from us in a very easy and convenient way.  You will find the full range of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 suites, Works and Expression.  You can buy online and download the media. 

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A very cool aspect of buying from the Microsoft store is that you can just download the software and start using it immediately.  Your keys are all kept on the site so you can always re-download it if you ever need to, removing the need for physical DVDs.  However if you really like the disks in your hand you can order them for a small P&P fee.

Comments (4)

  1. TechieBird says:

    Very pretty… looks almost, dare I say it, a bit Apple :o)

    If they make Employee Purchase Programme (EPP) and Home Use Programme (HUP) available on here I’ll be a very, very happy bunny.

  2. Quikboy says:

    Nice. But they’re missing a lot of stuff. "Home + Money" doesn’t have any Money products. "Design + Developer" has no Developer products.

    Aside with hardware based items like Xbox 360 (plus accessories), Zune (plus accessories), Keyboards, Mice, Webcams, and a bazilllion other things.

    Not to mention this is UK and Germany only. :^(

    I also would love to see an actual Microsoft retail store. The Microsoft store could have an Xbox 360 Arcade, Zune Zone, sleek computers showing off Vista + Office, and other software products, array of mice+keyboards+webcam, Surface tables, latest demos from MSR, real Help Center, and a bunch of other neat stuff. A place to showcase MS’s digital empire.

    I am happy there aren’t annoying ads or a big clash of colors or too many stupid graphics of smiling people. Hope Microsoft makes their sites more like this often.

  3. Bannerman says:

    It needs a better homepage, for sure, as the first page looked like something you’d expect deeper in the site. but it looks like a great start. And nice to see it first in the UK.

    Regarding promoting the site; I heard about this elsewhere this morning and went straight to the Microsoft.com/uk site – where I saw no mention of the Store. Why not? If Microsoft is serious about this, it should have been given headline space on the main site (like Apple do with every major launch), capitalising on the news coverage and making sure it’s easy to find.

  4. Hello – my name is Chris and I’m responsible for Microsoft Store in the UK.

    Thanks for taking the time to provide us with some valuable feedback – it’s great to hear that you guys like the design we’ve gone with. We’re also very proud that the UK was selected as one of the first markets for this global programme.

    We’re at the very early stages of introducing Microsoft Store into the UK market and want to make sure we do it in staged approached to ensure the customer experience is up to expectations. Over the coming weeks and months you’ll start to see Microsoft Store appear across our online network, in addition to an expanded product catalogue. We’re listening to feedback 🙂

    Keep the feedback coming and I’ll do my best to answer any questions or concerns you have.