They look a lot like Apple Stores, but Microsoft Stores sell Windows PCs and Surfaces and Xboxes. One is coming, if not to a mall near you, then some place near an Apple Store for sure. I popped in to my local Microsoft Store to take a Surface tablet for a spin.
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Just outside the store, a Microsoft rep/artist drew a woman with a Nomad Flex stylus brush and Microsoft Fresh Paint, a free app at the Windows Store that uses the Surface's touch screen. In the background, Adele's "I'll Be Waiting" was drowned out by mall noise.
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