Microsoft retail sites revealed

Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California selected as first branded stores
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Microsoft's first retail stores will be located in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California, it has been revealed.

The vendor signed leases on the two properties, and plans to open them by the end of Autumn, according to CNET. A spokesperson for the company told the website that the bricks and mortar stores will help it "directly connect" with the many billions of people who use its products.

According to a spokesperson, the shops are in response to demand from the consumer for a simpler shopping experience, a wider selection of technology, competitive pricing and knowledgeable staff.

A variety of brand name laptops, gaming products, including its Xbox range, and software from a variety of vendors across the spectrum will be stocked.