A job listing for an Assistant Store Manager in Palo Alto, CA has been posted on the Microsoft Store Careers site. Palo Alto, of course, is adjacent to Mountain View, home to the headquarters of Google, Inc., otherwise known as the ‘Googleplex‘. Microsoft has not publicly announced this store, which could be located in the Stanford Shopping Center.
This follows the news that Apple Computer is planning a “new prototype store” in Palo Alto as well. Most, if not all, of the current Microsoft Stores are located in shopping centers that also house Apple Computer Stores.
Last summer at their Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced that 75 stores would open in the next two to three years. They released a map which shows that a dense amount of those stores could be located along the California coast (a Microsoft spokesperson later clarified to Mary Jo Foley that the map “shows the location of top retail centers across the country”, not necessarily the location of its future stores).
A listing for an Assistant Store Manager in Austin, TX was also posted; Microsoft already has one store in Texas at the Houston Gallery. No news yet if Microsoft plans to launch stores outside the United States.