Best Buy deal supercharges Microsoft's Windows 8 retail push

by TabTimes Staff

June 13 2013

Microsoft announced it will open 500 special stores within existing Best Buy stores in the U.S. The stores will feature Windows-based tablets, computers and other Microsoft products. 

The software giant says the deal will add more than 1,200 Best Buy Microsoft-trained sales associates to help customers. Microsoft already has a chain of 70 or so of its own Microsoft Stores and kiosks within shopping malls 

The news comes two months after Samsung announced a similar deal to offer Samsung-focused stores at Best Buy. 

Microsoft plans to release an updated version of Windows 8 - Windows 8.1 - and is also expected to release new, smaller versions of its Surface tablet which will undoubtedly be featured at the Best Buy Windows Stores. 

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