An anonymous Sina Weibo account recently posted pictures of the construction site for a Microsoft retail store with posters reading “Microsoft store is under construction”. If this news is true, it will be the first time for Microsoft to open a specialty retail store in China.

The Internet giant opened up the first Microsoft store in Scottsdale, Arizona back in 2009. In addition to software, the store also sells Xbox game console, Zune, MP3, Windows Phone, as well as accessories, like laptop cases and earphones. Various laptops, netbooks and all-in-one machines manufactured by Acer, Dell, HP, Samsung and Sony are also on sale in Microsoft stores.

The company once commented “various companies are developing excellent hardware, including PCs, laptops, displays and other devices. One of the most important tasks of Microsoft store is to find and demonstrate the best and the latest products developed by different manufacturers.”

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.