On November 5, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog two poll questions on this topic:
Like me, many of you responded that you would shop at one of Microsoft's Retail Stores if one was located nearby, either to actually purchase something or just to see what it was like. As many pointed out in the vigorous discussion that followed the original blog post, it does seem like Microsoft is playing catch up with the concept, but that doesn't mean it is necessarily a bad idea.
However, one thing I think the discussion did not fully consider is the Xbox franchise -- showing off the latest video games and console accessories could be a real draw for these retail outlets. I mean, who doesn't want to dance in front of a Kinect camera and the general mall-going public?
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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.