Century City

The launch of the Surface Pro at the Microsoft Store in LA's Century City was a relatively low-key affair compared with the debut of the Surface RT.

When I arrived just after 10 a.m. there was a small line. That said, both versions -- 64GB and 128GB -- of the Surface Pro had sold out immediately.

Of course, no one would say how many units were set aside for first-day sales, and the lines didn't exactly snake around the Westfield Century City mall. So, it wasn't like a Depression-era run

In his second entry in our continuing series of contrasting store photos, reader Howard Kaplan paid another visit Monday afternoon to the Westfield Century City mall, half-way between Beverly Hills and Westwood, California.

The photo at right and the first one below were taken at the Apple store at about 3 p.m.

The next two were shot at the mall's Microsoft and Sony stores, respectively, within a few minutes.

As of this weekend, Microsoft has a hot product on its hands.

Reviews notwithstanding (some have been pretty negative), on Friday my local Microsoft store in Century City (in Los Angeles) was buzzing with curious customers keen on trying the Surface RT tablet, as lines snaked outside. Other stores drew crowds too.

(And all three Surface models are back-ordered three weeks on Microsoft's online store.)

I was surprised to see any line at all. After reading some reviews, you would have thought that the thing was DOA.

A first look at the new Sony Store in Century City, Calif., which the company calls the blueprint for the future of Sony retail locations (story and photos by Maureen Jenson:)

Sony this week will introduce a brand new retail concept, which it calls "the first newly branded Sony store in the U.S." The 4,200 square-foot store is located in the Century City area of Los Angeles, in the Westfield Century City shopping mall.

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