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Microsoft Starts Selling PCs Online

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

With the opening of its first retail store taking place today, Microsoft has opened up its online store and is now selling PCs through its website.

For those of you asking the question, 'What's Microsoft going to sell in its stores, anyway?' You'd do well to take a gander at store.microsoft.com because I'm assuming the site is supposed to go hand in hand with Microsoft's push into the brick and mortar retail business.

Of course, you've got Windows 7 and Office on sale but you've also got the likes of Nero, Photoshop and a wide range of netbooks, notebooks and PCs from HP, Dell, Sony and Lenovo. Then there's computer peripherals, gaming (PC, Xbox 360 and PC hardware), music (the beautiful Zune HD) and even phone accessories.

So if you can't make it down to Scottsdale (or you know, refuse to make it lest you be aurally assaulted by Ashley Tisdale), hit up the link to check out the virtual store instead.

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    keither5150 , October 22, 2009 10:16 PM
    I believe that the website was a little rushed.

    They only have one desktop for sale.

    Hmmmmm...... I guess I will take that one.

    I am sure it will get better.

    They really need to kick it up a notch.
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    vertigo_2000 , October 22, 2009 10:03 PM
    I admit I haven't visited the site, but what can i get from them that I can't get any place else?

    And how are the prices?
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    keither5150 , October 22, 2009 10:16 PM
    I believe that the website was a little rushed.

    They only have one desktop for sale.

    Hmmmmm...... I guess I will take that one.

    I am sure it will get better.

    They really need to kick it up a notch.
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    bustapr , October 22, 2009 10:21 PM
    vertigo_2000I admit I haven't visited the site, but what can i get from them that I can't get any place else?And how are the prices?

    Did you read the article?
    The link to the website is right there.

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    ohiou_grad_06 , October 22, 2009 10:30 PM
    Taking a quick gander at their store, methinks I can get a better deal on a Windows PC elsewhere, for example, I know someone who picked up a new compaq laptop with intel dual core chip, 3gb of ram and 250 gb hard drive with windows 7 upgrade for under 400 bucks. Kinda liking that....
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    wildwell , October 22, 2009 11:15 PM
    They have four desktop categories but only one computer!? It seems they forgot to finish the website by launch day? I hope this isn't a sign that Win 7 will be yet another "unfinished" OS from Microsoft.
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    ReyAleman , October 22, 2009 11:44 PM
    Is there a Linux option.
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    burnley14 , October 23, 2009 12:15 AM
    I'm impressed with the store overall, I like how the products are automatically grouped. It may get cumbersome once there are more products, but for now it's very nice.
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    phexac , October 23, 2009 12:26 AM
    Haven't visited the store yet, but from the look of the website it's a typical MS marketing design sore. Put the MS website and Apple website next to each other. Apple is just so much more elegant and easy to navigate. MS is just Best Buy website with MS logo on it. It's truly baffling to me how Apple seems to come up with an elegant design for everything time after time and everyone else, including those that try to emulate it, just produce a bunch of cloned garbage.
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    Shadow703793 , October 23, 2009 1:32 AM
    ohiou_grad_06Taking a quick gander at their store, methinks I can get a better deal on a Windows PC elsewhere, for example, I know someone who picked up a new compaq laptop with intel dual core chip, 3gb of ram and 250 gb hard drive with windows 7 upgrade for under 400 bucks. Kinda liking that....

    Yeah, saw that or smiler deal too. At Microcenter and Tiger.

    Here's the Microcenter link: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0319828
    $400.
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    Shadow703793 , October 23, 2009 1:35 AM
    As for the store itself, I do hope Microsoft adds laptops,etc from producers like ASUS (higher to mid range esp, not just eePC),MSI and not just HP,Dell,Sony,etc.
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    keither5150 , October 23, 2009 2:05 AM
    Maybe the title should be.

    "Microsoft starts selling PC online".

    I hope they also add other lines as well. Logitech, Asus, Sony etc.
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    Regulas , October 23, 2009 4:04 AM
    No thank you MS, I will pick up a nice PC elsewhere and wipe your OS in favor of Linux.
    Let the little MS fanboy trolls flame away.
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    badger101101 , October 23, 2009 4:48 AM
    It's the first sane website that Microsoft has ever created. Well done! Competition has done you good Microsoft. Too bad there is nothing on it that I want to buy. Linux occupies every computer in my home and we are happier with it than we ever were with Windows.
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    anamaniac , October 23, 2009 6:02 AM
    Decent site, though it deffinetely could use some work.
    Also could use some more aggressive pricing.

    Regardless, I think it's a good step for Microsoft, and if they built a Microsoft store nearby, I'd go check it out.
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    Drag0nR1der , October 23, 2009 7:49 AM
    ohiou_grad_06Taking a quick gander at their store, methinks I can get a better deal on a Windows PC elsewhere, for example, I know someone who picked up a new compaq laptop with intel dual core chip, 3gb of ram and 250 gb hard drive with windows 7 upgrade for under 400 bucks. Kinda liking that....



    Yes... you will, and so will plenty of others who know enough about PC's to be able to determine what constitutes a bargain and what doesn't... this store isn't for the likes of you (or me :)  ) What this does do however is help take the 'unknown' quantity out of shopping around for a PC, something which a lot of 'joe public' will find of great benefit.

    Yeah, the store design seems ok, simple, easy to use, just enough colour to not be bland and souless, not enough to be gaudy and eye hurtin.'

    Phexac... errr, look at the store before commenting on how it looks... it helps to have seen what you are slating wen slating it on visual grounds. Having actually seen both, I'd say there isn't much between them at all, I prefer (and always have) that MS have a bit of colour in there (after all, that minimalist look got tired in the 60's) but that's just personal preference.

    MS would have been much better served by waiting until they had added a lot more content though, this is going to put a lot of people off as who may not revisit when they ned a computer. Hopefully they wil include some of the higher end machines (HP Firebird... HP Firebird) and all the stuff shown at the launch party. I'm sure prices will fluctuate to meet market demands too.

    Hopefulyl with all this marketing, MS will finally realise they don't need to plaster their partners machines with annoying little stickers like a student's fridge...
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    cryogenic , October 23, 2009 7:49 AM
    RegulasNo thank you MS, I will pick up a nice PC elsewhere and wipe your OS in favor of Linux. Let the little MS fanboy trolls flame away.


    I've hardly seen anyone flame or troll Linux around here, it's usually the other way around ... (you little ... err never mind)

    And a second thing, Windows 7 just launched, we all know how great and wonderful and secure and how low requirements Linux has, but still, take the day off please.

    See ya!

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    liquidsnake718 , October 23, 2009 7:55 AM
    they shouldnt waste their time unless they had their own "microsoft brand" pc similar to Apple branded items...
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    ano , October 23, 2009 8:33 AM
    well something is obvious here... Regulas is a fanboy, fanboy of precious Linux!! good for you. now what?!
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    staggadee , October 23, 2009 9:23 AM
    The prices on software are pretty good,
    No sight of pcs on the UK site though :( 
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    tanderskey , October 23, 2009 11:11 AM
    why not get the product distribution agreements in place before announcing "wheee!! we have an online store too!"

    they have about as many products for sale as my moms ebay store.

    pretty thin guys. pretty thin.

    embarrassing.
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