MicrosoftMicrosoft announced on Thursday a strategic partnership with Best Buy and Future Shop. The company plans to build Windows Stores in 500 Best Buy locations across the US and more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada, launching from late June through September. The naming choice of Windows Stores is confusing; first of all, the Windows Store is Microsoft’s app store, and secondly these locations will essentially be Microsoft Stores given that they are to feature a range of products and accessories, including Windows tablets and PCs and Windows Phones, but also Microsoft Office, Xbox, “and more.” Microsoft says these will be the “premier destination” for consumers to see, try, compare and purchase its products. The Windows Stores inside of Best Buy and Future Shop will range in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet, according to Microsoft.

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