Much like Samsung, Microsoft will be opening up Windows Stores inside of Best Buy stores. Microsoft will be placing a store-within-a-store version of its retail chain inside 500 Best Buy locations in the United States as well as more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada. The roll-out should be finished by September.
The Windows Stores will take up between 1,500 and 2,200 square feet of the Best Buy stores. There will also be more than 1,200 Best Buy Microsoft-trained staff added to the stores. The stores will be pretty much what you expect, showing off a range of Windows devices, like Windows Phones, Microsoft Office, tablets and PCs, the Xbox 360, and the Xbox One.
This will allow Microsoft to expand it’s retail presence on the back of Best Buy and sell more gear.