Has Microsoft Created the Apple Store of the Future?
One business segment in which Microsoft is unlikely to announce layoffs this week are its retail stores. The stores, the brainchild of former long-time Wal-Mart executive David Porter, who was brought on board in 2009, number 101 in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Microsoft has 58 full-line retail stores and 43 "specialty stores." According to Microsoft, its specialty stores are located in malls across the U.S. and Canada and are typically a smaller footprint than full-line stores, are located in central locations in the mall and and offer a curated assortment of products.