Following Apple's retail lead again, Microsoft (MSFT -0.9%) is opening 600 "Windows Stores" with...

|About: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)|By:, SA News Editor

Following Apple's retail lead again, Microsoft (MSFT -0.9%) is opening 600 "Windows Stores" with 1.5K-2.2K sq. feet of real estate inside of Best Buy (BBY +0.6%) outlets, and another 100 within Canadian electronics chain Future Shop's stores. Like Microsoft's own retail outlets, both Microsoft and OEM partner hardware will be shown off. Also: Microsoft is set to launch an ad campaign that will simultaneously promote Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and the well-plugged-in Mary-Jo Foley reports hearing Microsoft's restructuring could yield "two leaders for each of its new business segments" (for example, a consumer head and a business head for the Services unit).