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Microsoft and Apple to battle it out in same Mission Viejo mall

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Early design sketch of Microsoft store. Credit: Gizmodo.

It will soon be war at The Shops at Mission Viejo mall in southern Orange County.

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That’s where one of the two first Microsoft stores will be opening, according to a report by CNET News that was later confirmed by the software giant.The stores will be selling laptops, Xbox game consoles, games and the Zune music player, among other items.

The Mission Viejo mall already has a Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Fragrance Hut and a little store called Apple.

Yes, the biggest rivalry in the electronics world will soon be under the same roof. But it’s not sure when this will happen -- Microsoft will not say when its planned chain of stores will open. The other store that CNET said Microsoft would be opening will be in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Microsoft also has not disclosed what the stores will look like;however the company did acknowledge that sketches recently leaked to the Gizmodo site were real. The final look, however, has not been finalized, the Redmond, Wash.-based company said.

Let’s just hope that Microsoft’s Mission Viejo store is far from Apple’s. Otherwise, it could be iPods and Zunes at 50 paces.

-- David Colker


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