I made a brief visit to the Valley Fair mall in San Jose yesterday and took a quick look at the Microsoft and Apple stores.
Personally I like the Microsoft stores. It is probably not the cheapest place to buy a Windows machine, but you do get the Signature install which as Microsoft notes:
Many new PCs come filled with lots of trialware and sample software that slows your computer down—removing all that is a pain, so we do it for you!
So much for the famous Windows partner ecosystem, eh! But I reckon this is worth the extra cost for most people.
Now, before looking at the following images, which were just snapped as I passed, note that:
1. It was a quiet Monday afternoon and none of the stores was busy.
2. I guess San Jose is Apple land; certainly I have not seen the Seattle store this quiet.
Nevertheless, there did seem to be a mismatch between the numbers of staff and customers. When I went in I was offered help three times and a free drink once.
The guy in yellow at the front left is protesting about some alleged Microsoft misdemeanour.
The Apple store was not exactly heaving and there were plenty of blue shirts, but a few more customers.