Microsoft will be closing its physical retail locations of Microsoft Store, all over the world due to a “strategic change in its retail operations.”
In a news release, the company said that its retail team will continue to provide for customers from their corporate offices as remotely with sales, training and support. On Microsoft’s store locator, there are 82 stores on the list, as well as 73 U.S. locations.
“Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location. We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online and with our retail sales team at Microsoft corporate locations,” David Porter Microsoft Corporate Vice President said in the release.
In a LinkedIn post, Porter said that Microsoft would, “reimagine new spaces that serve our customers, including our Microsoft facilities in London, New York City, Sydney and Redmond campus locations.”
According to Microsoft, its physical stores have been closed since the middle of March because of the coronavirus pandemic and have shifted its team to work remotely and Microsoft Store Locator says that all locations will be closed indefinitely.