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    Microsoft has cut a deal to open Windows stores within 500 Best Buy locations in the United States and 100 more Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada.
    The store-within-a-store sites, which will be 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet, will offer a wide selection of Windows tablets and PCs, Windows Phones, Microsoft Office, and Xbox consoles. There will also be space set aside specifically for Microsoft's Surface tablet computers.
    The deal also calls for more than 1,200 Best Buy sales staff to receive Microsoft training, in addition to the Microsoft specialists already on staff at Best Buy.
    Best Buy to open hundreds of Windows stores within its stores | Microsoft - CNET News

    M$ getting worried or running scared?

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    This is great news! The biggest name in software and now hardware should have their own store and if not, these stores within a store are the next best thing.

    MS needs this reach for it's new lineup and there is no stopping this machine as it's about to be turned up quite a bit.
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    MS is not your friend. Why are you so excited?

    It may turn out to be a good thing.

    I have posted before encouraging MS to do much more in making and peddling their own devices.

    Stevie B has gone for it. Let us see how this pans out.
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    Lol! Original post and four edits. Is that your final post, SIW2?

    Best Buys are popular here in the U.S.. I think this to be an excellent idea. Good move Microsoft. :thumbup:
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    Hopefully something can come around and make Best Buy exciting again. I shop there from time to time, but it's getting less and less as time goes on.

    I hate not having local electronics places. Most mom and pop computer shops are gone. ABC Warehouses don't hardly sell computer stuff anymore. Circuit City is gone. CompUSA is gone. OfficeMax and OfficeDepot have very small selections. I don't always want to buy stuff online, but it's becoming my only choice.
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    I might change it a few dozen more times - you never know.


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Lol! Original post and four edits. Is that your final post, SIW2?

    Best Buys are popular here in the U.S.. I think this to be an excellent idea. Good move Microsoft. :thumbup:
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    "Best Buy Appliance & Electrical Mall'' stores within a store.
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    Hi there
    Shopping in Physical stores is a HORRIBLE experience these days.

    You are made to feel like a criminal even as you approach the store and then checking out makes Airport Security seem like an absolute breeze by comparison. Then the goods are usually totally inappropriately displayed -- for instance I like to see what sort of CONNECTORS are on a monitor / TV e.g number of HDMI connectors, where they are positioned, AV connectors etc. But you need to go on excruciating Neck bending exercises to get access to this info and all the time you are browsing you are rentlessly persued by Sales staff asking you "Can I help you please" every 2 mins no matter how many times you shoo them away. Security staff are always hovering around too. Mind you as a BIG blond guy a couple of aggressive stares back at 3 tiny phillipino guards hovering around usually scares them away. !!! Then if they still don't move a sort of " I fancy you" type of look really makes them scarper away like rats !!!.

    Perversely when you actually WANT somebody there's never anybody around.

    Finally when you do reach the checkout only ONE of the 17 cash points is open, the Chinese woman in front of you seems to have endless problem with her credit card and then when it's finally your turn you are also plagued with offers for "Extended Warranties" and pointless offers for 3rd party Anti Virus Software.

    The Modern "Bricks and Mortar" superstore can't die quick enough IMO. The only physical stores I go into now are the old "Mom and Pop" type or the old fashioned corner store. For the rest - You can't blame the decline on Online shopping -- you've just basically KILLED the whole shopping experience.

    (This type of shopping experience is WORST in the UK -- in the USA it's there but not so obviously present - and the cash points are always adequately manned --"Take the money" --Business 101. Belgium is passably OK -- found no real problems in FNAC or Media Markt in Central Brussels while Germany and Holland - experience is similar to the UK but not quite as bad, Germany has another problem - finding times when shops are actually OPEN for trading is quite a challenging exercise).

    So I don't think Ms is going to make a huge amount of extra money by having a physical presence in these types of stores.

    In Iceland there aren't that many stores - and as people tend to come from small communities this type of problem is Non existent

    This Store is one of the FEW exceptions and is a PLEASURE to use -- anybody visiting Iceland needing technical gear this is a great store (and they all speak perfect English too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Hopefully something can come around and make Best Buy exciting again. I shop there from time to time, but it's getting less and less as time goes on.

    I hate not having local electronics places. Most mom and pop computer shops are gone. ABC Warehouses don't hardly sell computer stuff anymore. Circuit City is gone. CompUSA is gone. OfficeMax and OfficeDepot have very small selections. I don't always want to buy stuff online, but it's becoming my only choice.
    I hear you about shopping here and feel much the same. It's a shame those stores you mention went out of business, especially the Mom and Pops where one gets personal service. A lot of competition I guess. Looks like Best Buy won out but, I would think if they don't do something quick they'll be out too. Perhaps it's the Geek Squad to keep them alive?!

    We have one of the smaller Best Buys here in town. Sales staff is absolutely horrible. Ask a question and they're on the horn asking the only one in the store that does know > Their supervisor or store manager. Lol! Meanwhile one waits. Not good.

    Although shopping online is convenient and often more reasonably priced, A brick and mortar store is good so far as seeing the product, hands-on experience with it, and buy it instantly. Something an online store just can't produce.

    I think this store within a store idea is excellent. MS has more control to educate consumers of their products. I think it will not only boost sales for themselves, but for Best Buy also.

    So far is Mom and Pop stores go > Expensive proposition to open one and keep it alive. Why with all the laws, regulations, building codes, taxes, etc., it's hard to compete with corporations. Walmart being the worst offender IMO. They come into town and absolutely kill off the small guy and ruin in the local economy. I'm not saying it's just them. A lot of corporations do it.

    As a builder, I see less and less lumber yards that sells quality materials and one gets personal service. I see more corporate home centers that sell crap and hardly any service. Namely Home-de-poor and Mean-ards.

    This is not to say all corporations are evil, but it sure seems like they're taking over this country. Malls and strip malls > The American blight IMO.

    I could go on, but rant over.
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    Microsoft: The Windows Store Is Something That Has to Be Seen to Be Believed

    Microsoft announced a new strategic partnership earlier today, revealing that it would create a Windows Store in every single Best Buy in the United States and Canada.

    More than 500 Best Buys in the United States and another 100 in Canada are included in the deal, as Microsoft is hoping to bring its latest products closer to buyers.
    Microsoft: The Windows Store Is Something That Has to Be Seen to Be Believed

    Yes this could be a very good thing to happen to M$ with customers telling them up in there face where to go. We may see some good changes in Windows and Xbox with customer satisfaction. M$ has not had to please its end users for some time now just its OEMs.
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