Bellevue Microsoft Store To Literally Exist In More Popular Apple Store’s Shadow

Bellevue Microsoft Store To Literally Exist In More Popular Apple Store’s Shadow

It looks like Microsoft’s plan to beat Apple in the retail space by building their own Microsoft Stores right across from mall-based Apple Stores is paying off: Microsoft’s successfully chased Apple out of its space in the Bellevue, Washington shopping mall.

It’s something of a pyrrhic victory, though. Apple’s just moving to the second floor of the mall to a larger retail space. Directly overhead, overlooking Microsoft’s store, where it will literally be living in Apple’s shadow. If there was ever a time to LOL, this is it.

Besides creating obvious comparisons to classic Judao-Christian myth, in which those who are condemned to the inferno are forced to suffer within sight of the paradise that hovers overhead, Apple’s move seems to be purely logistical: by moving to the second floor of the mall, they’ll double the current size of their retail space from an existing 4,600 square feet. That doesn’t mean that the delicious irony of having every person leaving the Microsoft Store look up to see beautiful, angelic beings dangling almost ethereally beautiful gadgets just out of reach wasn’t at least a small part of the decision, though.

Not that any of this should take readers by surprise. Those of us who have been following the news lately know that Microsoft is getting used to living in Apple’s metaphorical shadow. It’s fitting that at least one small part of the empire should factually exist there.

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  • BearsFan34

    It’s Judeo, not Judao.

  • Conrad MacIntyre

    Watch the use of the word ‘myth’ there, Brownlee. ‘Belief’ would be far less charged and communicate the same sentiment exactly.

  • brownlee

    That’s a good suggestion. I struggled there, actually, with something that wasn’t charged, and obviously failed. I’ll change. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Anon

    “Belief” is not something that indicates a narrative, though. While “myth” is clearly the accurate word to use, “story” could communicate the same information without indicating that the story is necessarily false.

  • twitter-28439603

    Myth is perfectly fine, since that’s what it is. I was going to correct the wrong spelling of Judeo before I saw someone else had already done it, though.

  • Mike Rathjen

    That Apple store was too small and often crowded.

  • Andrew

    Myth does not necessarily mean false; most people believe it does though…

  • cleversoap

    While their “me too!” attitude isn’t doing Microsoft any favours, I really really really like that new logo.

  • Maxi

    Irony, this is it! :)

  • Chris

     I guess the people know the apple stores already, so if they see a microsoft store, they check that out instead

  • davidk

     I actually think in the context of this sentence that “teaching” or “dogma” might fit better.  Personally, as a Catholic, I didn’t find myth offensive as it wasn’t implying anything about the rightness or wrongess of the belief.

  • karendrew

    They ask for your zip code to provide ones that match the products in your local Target and “Printapons” and other online sources. Be sure to check out the websites of your favorite products often has coupons

  • aramishero

     Does you all “Belief” really exist? 

  • Foo

     Every time I’ve walked past the M$ store to visit the Apple store the former has been a ghost town…

  • traipsed

    But you’re implying that someone believes that shit. Aren’t we past that? It’s 2011

  • Patrick S

    Mythos is a Greek word meaning “story, legend, plot”

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