Last week, Microsoft announced that a new Microsoft retail store will be coming soon to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa joins Mission Viejo as Orange County's second Microsoft Store and one of only eight stores in the world.

Microsoft opened its first-ever retail store on Oct. 22, 2009, in Scottsdale, Ariz., to give shoppers a chance to experience the best of Microsoft and its partners, engage more directly with customers and improve the experience of purchasing and using technology. The Mission Viejo store opened its doors on Oct. 29, 2009.

Additional Microsoft Store locations include San Diego, Calif.; Oak Brook, Ill.; Lone Tree, Colo.; and Bloomington, Minn. and Bellevue, Wash.

Microsoft Stores offer hundreds of products, including PCs running Windows 7, computing accessories, Xbox consoles and accessories, Windows Phones, Zunes and first-and third-party software titles. Customers also can learn new technology skills in the store's theater space and work with employees for personalized PC setup and training. For more information, visit www.MicrosoftStore.com. You can visit the Microsoft Store Facebook page or Microsoft Store Twitter page for the latest Microsoft Store updates.