Microsoft has announced today that there will be 24 new Windows Stores within Best Buy opening in various Chicago area Best Buy locations. This is a part of Microsoft’s strategic partnership with Best Buy and it is happening just in time for the back to school rush.
“Last year, we opened 13 Windows Stores at Best Buy in Chicago. Today, the addition of these 24 new stores gives Chicagoans 37 Windows Stores at Best Buy, meaning there’s one near you no matter where you are. With the introduction of the Windows Store only at Best Buy at these new locations, Chicago consumers will have more places than ever to see, try, compare and purchase a range of products and accessories,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
This “store-within-a-store” experience features a dedicated Surface area where people can explore the new Surface Pro 3, as well as get hands on experience on the latest Windows PCs, tablets, laptops, and more. The store also ranges in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet. The back wall of the store features software and accessories, including Windows 8.1, Office, gift cards, and more.
“Our goal is to treat Chicago shoppers to a first class shopping experience, so they walk out of the store with the best device for their lifestyle. We’re excited to offer Chicagoans access to a retail destination that combines a great selection, the latest technology, the best service and the lowest prices,” Microsoft added.
Back in June of 2013, Microsoft announced this strategic partnership with Best Buy, explaining that this partnership would bring the latest technologies to consumers at scale in a unique environment where people can explore how Microsoft products fit together across entertainment, travel, music and other scenarios.
If you live in Chicago, head over to your local Best Buy to check out these Windows Stores!Further reading: Best Buy, Microsoft, Windows 8.1, Windows Store