First Microsoft Store pictured in its parti-colored chrysalis

The Microsoft Store approacheth! We heard the announcement, we saw the theoretical floor plan, and now the store itself is there, enclosed in a hermetic seal/candy shell. It’s advertising Windows 7, Xbox 360, Zune, and Office on the outside of the shell, which was to be expected, but there’s also Bing on there, which seems a weird thing to advertise in a physical space. Google don’t have a store, do it? The logo for the store has also been confirmed, and I’m happy to say it’s actually very tasteful.

Unfortunately, I don’t think that the candy shell is going to open up to reveal my personal interpretation of the Microsoft Store:

Alas. Chez Bill could have revealed Microsoft’s sensitive, baguette-loving side.

But the logo — I forgot to mention the logo! Here it is, sir.


Rather 8-bit, isn’t it! I like it. Powerful and recognizable, yet distinct from the actual OSes.

There are also some job listings, but there isn’t much to say about them. Floor manager and such. That doesn’t stop ifo AppleStore from comparing them to the Apple Store’s job offerings which are described as “Less of a job, more of a calling,” and providing a “license to change the world.” Bravo, Apple, I had no idea “Obsequious Greeter” could be embellished to the point of not being recognizable.