Report: First Microsoft Store Opens in Iran
Tech giant Microsoft has opened its first store in Iran, local media reported on Thursday.
Citing the regime-aligned Tasnim News Agency, semi-official state news agency Press TV claimed that the American technology giant had set up shop in Tehran.
If the report is accurate, it would make Microsoft the first U.S. company to establish a presence in Iran since the finalization of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in July by the P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic.
According to the report, the Iranian store will be selling mobile phones produced by Microsoft.
“This five-unit store has been opened by Pars Samtel, the exclusive agent of Microsoft mobile phones, at Iran Mobile Marketplace on Hafez Avenue in Tehran, with the company’s banner ad clarifying that the store is the first in Iran,” the report said, claiming that Microsoft had long been eyeing entry into the Iranian market, which consists of 80 million people, most of whose computers use Windows operating systems.
Press TV also claimed that other U.S. corporate giants Apple and McDonald’s have also been exploring entering the Iranian market, with the latter company backpedaling due to extensive anti-American sentiment in Iran.