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Microsoft to open 'pop-up' stores Oct. 26, battle Apple at most locations

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 3, 2012
Microsoft's temporary, or "pop-up," stores will open Oct. 26 and will sell the Surface tablet, according to the company's website.

In Canada: Burnaby, British Columbia (Metropolis at Metrotown); Edmonton, Alberta (West Edmonton Mall); Toronto (Eaton Centre); Vancouver, BC (Oakridge Centre)

There will be more on the way, as Microsoft promised on its website. It did not reveal those future locations, however.

The biggest unanswered question about the Surface RT tablet is its price; Microsoft has not yet revealed that, although CEO Steve Ballmer has hinted at numbers between $300 and $800. Last week, when Ballmer was asked how many someone would be able to buy for $1,500, he answered, "Some."

Ballmer also promised that Microsoft would unveil pricing before the Oct. 26 ship date, but would not say how long before. It could be as late as a day earlier, as Microsoft has set a New York City launch event for Oct. 25.



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