Two photos nicely illustrate the disaster Microsoft is today

“Steve Ballmer is chief executive officer of Microsoft,” Matthew Yglesias reports for Slate.

“He’s been in the job for some time, but he recently announced that he’s stepping down,” Yglesias reports. “The fact that Ballmer’s departure was announced without the simultaneous announcement of a successor is a good indication he was pushed out the door by the board of directors.”

Yglesias reports, “And these photos taken Sunday around noon at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, Va., show why… There were zero shoppers in the Microsoft store. At noon. On a Sunday in December at peak retail shopping season.”

Microsoft store (left) vs. Apple Retail Store (right) -photos by Matthew Yglesias
Microsoft store (left) vs. Apple Retail Store (right) -photos by Matthew Yglesias

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “russ” for the heads up.]

58 Comments

    1. If they offered free coffee and cookies they would have non-employees in the store. If they want to get some bags walking around the mall, they could offer FREE software (in a really big box) with every 10 cups of coffee. Well they are free coffee but if they can only get the card punched once a day, in the end, it will give the illusion that 10 “customers” were in the store to anyone walking by. Get them to sit and watch a video for a second punch for that day.

      This will get people in the store with little to no additional cost or quality of products!

    1. Actually, that gives me an idea.

      Instead of luring consumers with Justin Bieber tickets, what if they staged chair-throwing contests?

      Buffalo chip-throwing events reliably bring out the rubes; why wouldn’t this work as well? The exuberance and athleticism of departing CEO Steve Ballmer ought to be recognised with such a gesture.

      Something that outré might help to resuscitate the creature on the slab.

  1. The scene was the same when I was in the Ala Moana store just before Father’s Day last summer. I suspect it’s the same everywhere there are M$ and Apple stores in juxtaposition…

    1. Notice How the picture was taken??
      A wider / angle shot to the corner part of MS store which has Zero customers 🙂
      Versus a short almost corner shot of an Apple Store that is / always very crowded & busy 🙂

      The people votes / Buys at Apple Stores worldwide !!!!!!

  2. Ok, so the 2 stores do not have the church groups in them yet. I assume that Microsoft doesn’t do any better with those that believe in God either. Just who is Microsoft’s target customers? Perhaps, Monday with corporate start up disasters will bring in the crowd. Or when the Windows PC crashes over the weekend, they just stop at the Apple Store and get a Mac and tell the IT department that they had to buy from the store that had the solutions.

    Never mind. Monday may look the same as Sunday in the wide open Microsoft store. Have they thought about selling coffee in those stores so they can show some cash transactions from them?

    1. Interesting thought! How about revisiting on Wednesday (Microsoft still does “Patch Tuesdays” don’t they?)? Maybe there’s an uptick in visitors… not there to shop but to get their PC back working after the patch messed something up.

  3. doesn’t show is that all the customers of the Microsoft store were outside the store tap dancing to the tune of Surface Pro magnetic lids snapping shut.

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