Anyone been to the London Microsoft Store, Oxford Circus yet ?

Just catching up, realising that the London Microsoft Store opened late July. But I have not bothered to go up to Oxford Circus of late. I wondered if anyone ( i.e. Mehedi) has popped in and had a nose around the store yet?

I note on the website, that the store holds tutorial, gaming and minecrate sessions through the whole week. Holding more Microsot Office sessions in London would be quite effective.

Conversation 8 comments

  • Gareth Smith

    06 September, 2019 - 6:47 pm

    <p>I went there last month. I found the store amazing. It was very fun. </p>

  • BigM72

    06 September, 2019 - 9:33 pm

    <p>Hi, I've been also. It's quite busy and queues for things like the F1 car and the Hololens. They have a big gaming Xbox place upstairs (but I'm not really a gamer). It was full of kids playing video games.</p><p><br></p><p>If you're passing by, good for a visit for a few minutes but not a destination. I think the Apple store on Regent Street is still laid out more nicely and I can't recall any area for customer support with Surface devices.</p><p><br></p><p>The top floor was closed for private event when I went.</p>

  • StevenLayton

    07 September, 2019 - 1:20 pm

    <p>I actually got an invite sent to my work email for the VIP opening. No idea why I got one, I’m an IT Manager in a medium sized UK Secondary school. It was a shame I wasn’t able to go, it would have been interesting.</p>

  • maethorechannen

    Premium Member
    12 September, 2019 - 7:08 am

    <p>I went to the Xbox event that they had on the opening weekend. Seems like a nice enough store.</p>

  • ponsaelius

    22 September, 2019 - 10:11 am

    <p>I haven't been to the London store. I actually visited the San Francisco store in 2015 when I was on holiday. I think that the idea of a London store had been doing the rounds in the blogsphere for about a year at that point. I bought an HP Stream 7 tablet. Primarily because it cost less than the copy of bundled vouchers and Microsoft Office that came with it!</p><p><br></p><p>I have two Apple stores within 5 miles of my location in the UK. So I was doing a bit of a comparison in my head. I thought if a Microsoft retail experience came to the UK it might be a good location to buy a PC and a Windowsphone.</p><p><br></p><p>Since then Windowsphone has died. I bought an iphone recently. I do have an Xbox but that's not something I would buy in a Microsoft store. The store is 270 miles from where I live so it would be a place to stop by if I was on holiday in London but a day trip would be expensive. </p><p><br></p><p>I am not really sure now why Microsoft has a retail presence. It's got little to offer consumers these days and the Surface range is business and prosumer. My sense is that the London store is really an advertisement for the brand. That's OK as far as it goes. It seems around 5 years out of date. Microsoft is an enterprise cloud company. Retail seems reasonably pointless for that. </p>

    • Tony Barrett

      23 September, 2019 - 9:21 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#469430">In reply to ponsaelius:</a></em></blockquote><p>I agree totally. MS have lost the consumer, and their own brand (Surface) products are too expensive for the average Joe, so having a new retail (consumer) store open is just strange. You're probably right though – it's more about brand awareness than sales.</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    23 September, 2019 - 12:56 am

    <p>I haven't been to London in over 8 years… </p><p>We don't get them over here, although we don't get Apple Stores here either. I think the nearest one is about 4 -5 hours away by car or train.</p>

  • paulf

    23 September, 2019 - 3:57 am

    <p>It is a nice store. Good to finally have one in London to try out range of surface accessories. Not sure why it needs a DJ.</p>

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