1. ibbyj's Avatar
    I am not sure if this is the correct place to put this thread...

    Over the weekend I made my first trip to the local Microsoft store in Oakbrook, IL. I didn't really expect much, and kind of had in my mind that it'd be a little more...unique.

    It's practically a mirror of the Apple store, which is just across from the Microsoft store. Both the layout and the uniforms (name tags) are literally just ripped from the Apple store, and given a new hue of color. It kind of embarassed me! I am always defending Microsoft with the "..they don't copy.." arguments, but there is no way I could do that here!

    Have any of you noticed the same thing? What are your stores like?

    Aside from the straight up copying, the employees were very helpful, the store was PACKED on a Saturday night at 8pm, and I got plenty of hands on time with Surface and other Win8 PCs. I am very impressed with all of the new hardware. :)
    10-29-2012 11:09 AM
  2. crystal_planet's Avatar
    Horrible isn't it? I'm going to return my Surface and get an iPad now. Thanks for the heads up

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    10-29-2012 11:17 AM
  3. alphacc82's Avatar
    Question is, who did apple steal the ideal from? Of uniforms and name tags that is. Many retail outlets do that...
    10-29-2012 02:16 PM
  4. Landsharkk's Avatar
    Um, in my opinion the experience of walking into an Apple store compared to walking into a Microsoft store are vastly different.
    10-29-2012 03:02 PM
  5. ibbyj's Avatar
    Unfortuately when I did a google search to find a photo of a Microsoft store, a Mac-Cult website shows exactly what I am talking about... Lets not be blind guys.

    I'm no Apple Fan-Boy, or "Troll". I am simply looking to see who else has the same opinion.

    The Apple Store vs. The Microsoft Store [Photo] | Cult of Mac

    10-29-2012 03:36 PM
  6. squire777's Avatar
    I agree OP, we all know Apple invented mall stores
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    10-29-2012 03:42 PM
  7. Reflexx's Avatar
    There are definitely similarities.

    It doesn't bug me at all though. There are similarities from Best Buy to Circuit City to Good Guys.

    There are similarities between Target and Wal-Mart.

    If I go into Vons it's pretty similar to Ralph's and Albertsons.
    10-29-2012 04:21 PM
  8. TofuDelight's Avatar
    Apple has a monotone scheme. MS has a warm, colourful scheme with wall to wall lcd screens.
    10-29-2012 04:29 PM
  9. ironsoulreaver's Avatar
    comparing picture's I really don't see the big deal here, the only similarities I see is that they are both using a logo for the store sign and they both use tables. Seeing that they are both in the same mall really keeps me from being able to defend either one as far as the entrance goes. MSFT has chairs at the tables, a lounge, wood floors, completely different lighting design, and they don't have a clear path down the center of the store. The back is also very different and I don't see any employees standing around with big name tag lanyards. Of course there are some similarities, but theres also a lot of differences. I can't really judge too much because there isn't a Microsoft store here.
    10-29-2012 07:18 PM
  10. larrynj's Avatar
    I've been to both the Apple & MS stores here. I didn't leave either one irritated. I actual had a great experience in both stores. Other than having a drink at the bar, they are my favorite places in the mall. :lol:
    10-29-2012 07:26 PM