MICROSOFT AND BEST BUY ANNOUNCE WINDOWS STORE AT BEST BUY

(The following is a reformatted version of a joint press release
issued by Microsoft Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc. and received via
electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Microsoft and Best Buy announce the Windows Store only at Best
Buy 
June 13, 2013 
Store-within-a-store will launch this summer at more than 600
Best Buy locations, offering Windows-based PCs, tablets,
accessories and support from dedicated, Microsoft-trained staff. 
REDMOND, Wash. -- June 13, 2013 -- Microsoft Corp. and Best Buy
Co. Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to create the
Windows Store only at Best Buy. The comprehensive store-within-a-store will be in 500 Best Buy locations across the United
States and in more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations
in Canada. 
Ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet, the
Windows Store will be the premier destination for consumers to
see, try, compare and purchase a range of products and
accessories, including Windows-based tablets and PCs, Windows
Phones, Microsoft Office, Xbox, and more. Each store will
feature an innovation space highlighting a variety of Windows
scenarios across devices; a showcase section with the latest
Windows-based PC form factors such as ultrabooks, convertibles,
detachables and all-in-ones -- including portable devices; and a
standalone area featuring Microsoft Surface. 
“The Windows Store offers a large-scale, hands-on customer
experience that will show customers how Windows and Microsoft
devices and services can make it easier for them to work and
play,” said Tami Reller, chief marketing officer and chief
financial officer of the Windows Division at Microsoft. “We’re
pleased to partner with Best Buy in bringing the latest
technologies to consumers at scale in a unique environment where
they can explore how Microsoft products fit together across
entertainment, travel, music and other scenarios.” 
In addition to the dedicated Microsoft specialists already
working across Best Buy locations, the alliance will add more
than 1,200 Best Buy Microsoft-trained sales associates to create
an engaging customer experience at scale. 
“Best Buy’s chief goal is to serve our customers as only we can,
whether they come to us online or in stores. The Windows Store
creates the kind of retail destination we all want to shop in,
combining great selection, the latest technology, the best
service and the lowest prices,” said Jason Bonfig, vice
president of computing for Best Buy. “What our customers will
see in these 600 stores is something totally new and fully in
line with our determination to transform Best Buy.” 
The two companies also will mirror the in-store experience
online at http://www.bestbuy.com/windowsstore, which will
provide updates on store locations, promotions and other
information, including joint marketing efforts throughout the
year. Windows Store only at Best Buy will roll out from late
June through September. More information is available at
http://www.bestbuy.com/windowsstore. 
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide
leader in software, services and solutions that help people and
businesses realize their full potential. 
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