Microsoft says its "pop-up" holiday stores have been a success and will stay open now that the holidays are over, at least for now.

That goes for the Mall in Columbia location as well. It's one of about 30 temporary shops Microsoft opened in the U.S. and Canada for holiday shopping.

The company is extending all locations "into the New Year" but not saying how long. Some will become permanent outlets or specialty store locations. The stores were designed to give consumers hands-on experience with products and complement Microsoft's nearly two dozen permanent locations, none of which is in Maryland.

A Microsoft spokesman said Monday he has no information on whether the Columbia store will stay open permanently but promised more details soon. The shop opened Oct. 26.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com