When Microsoft starts selling its Windows 8 Surface tablets next month, it'll be at a major retail disadvantage to Apple. Unlike its arch-nemesis, Microsoft doesn't have 275 branded stores for consumers to line up outside of in anticipation of new products. Microsoft is hoping to tip the scales at least a little bit with a smattering of pop-up retail stores across the country and in Canada.

Here's a complete list of the 32 Microsoft stores that'll be around this holiday season:

β€’ Aventura Mall – Aventura, FL
β€’ Beachwood Place – Beachwood, OH
β€’ Cherry Creek Shopping Center – Denver, CO
β€’ Dadeland Mall – Miami, FL
β€’ Eaton Centre – Toronto, Ontario
β€’ Fashion Mall at Keystone – Indianapolis, IN
β€’ Fashion Show Mall– Las Vegas, NV
β€’ Glendale Galleria – Glendale, CA
β€’ Mall at Green Hills – Nashville, TN
β€’ Mall in Columbia – Columbia, MD
β€’ Metropolis at Metrotown – Burnaby, BC
β€’ Montgomery Mall – Bethesda, MD
β€’ Natick Collection – Natick, MA
β€’ North Star Mall – San Antonio, TX
β€’ Oakridge Centre – Vancouver, BC
β€’ Penn Square Mall – Oklahoma City, OK
β€’ Perimeter Mall – Atlanta, GA
β€’ Roosevelt Field Mall – Garden, City, NY
β€’ Ross Park Mall – Pittsburgh, PA
β€’ Saint Louis Galleria – St. Louis, MO
β€’ San Francisco Centre – San Francisco, CA
β€’ South Shore Plaza – Braintree, MA
β€’ Southpark Mall – Charlotte, NC
β€’ Stonebriar Centre Mall – Frisco, TX
β€’ Streets at Southpoint – Durham, NC
β€’ Time Warner Center – The Shops at Columbus Circle – New York, NY
β€’ Washington Square– Portland, OR
β€’ West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Alberta
β€’ Westfarms Mall – West Hartford, CT
β€’ Westfield Garden State Plaza – Paramus, NJ
β€’ Woodland Hills Mall – Tulsa, OK
β€’ Woodlands Mall – Woodlands, TX

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There's no word on when the stores will open exactly, but you'd expect them before the launch of Windows 8 and Surface next month. There's also no word on whether the stores have any possibility of staying put after the holidays. After all, Microsoft has been planning to get a permanent retail presence going for a while. Pop-up stores might be a great way to try out locations before committing to a long-term lease. [The Verge]