Microsoft to Open Stores, Hires Retail Hand

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 13, 2009 9:58 AM EDT
The Wall Street Journal; By Nick Wingfield
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Microsoft Corp. said it hired a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive to help the company open its own retail stores, a strategy shift that borrows from the playbook of rival Apple Inc. The Redmond, Wash., company said it hired David Porter, most recently the head of world-wide product distribution at DreamWorks Animation SKG, as corporate vice president of retail stores for Microsoft. In a statement, Microsoft said the first priority of Mr. Porter, who is also a 25-year veteran of Wal-Mart, will be to define where to place the Microsoft stores and when to open them. A Microsoft spokesman said the company's current plans are for a "small number" of stores.

[Oh my, this is going to be good. Popcorn anyone? - Scott]

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Also, Yahoo Tech News reporting on this too, hmmm... vainrveenr 2 1,161 Feb 13, 2009 6:06 PM

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