I’ll hand it to you if you say that Microsoft is not that active when it comes to opening its retail outlets the world over, but the company has very aggressive expansion plans in North America.

The technology titan currently has 83 (large and specialty) stores open in the US and Canada.

Four new locations are in the immediate pipeline, but a peek at the Microsoft Careers website shows that the company is hiring store managers in a number of locations, many of them unannounced, and these include US states that have never had a Microsoft Store before.

Logical expansion — aggressive, and logical.

For example, Redmond is currently seeking store managers in Knoxville, Tennessee and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, making it the first Microsoft Store locations in the two states.

Other key locations include Tucson, Arizona; Boise, Idaho; Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Kentucky; Columbia, Maryland; Omaha, Nebraska; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Thousand Oaks, California; Brea, California; and Alpharetta, Georgia.

Getting back to international locations, however, it is a real puzzle.

A Microsoft Store in the UK has been rumored for years now, as are new outlets in China and Europe overall. In fact, the company was said to be planning to open a series of new locations in these two very important markets.

However, there has been no update on these up until now.

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  • Dominico-James Black Eagle Hod

    They need to expand store presence internationally

    • Fahad Ali

      They do, really.

      • Bill Franklin

        Domestically too! International is definitely important, but only 83 stores in US & Canada is too low in my opinion.

  • Emily W

    This is a start. Part of the reason Apple is so popular is because people see their stores and the blue shirts and go nuts over it. I cannot tell you the last time I’ve seen a Microsoft store, so I truly believe this is much needed.

  • Wayne S

    Is this a picture of an Apple store that’s been photoshopped with Windows stuff or is this actually what the stores look like? It looks eerily similar to Apple stores.

  • Ray C

    Good move. They need to expand internationally as well. Also, they need to make sure Windows stores have the best deals and experience for users out there.