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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The Apple store in the Freehold Raceway Mall had its own mob. The Microsoft and Apple stores are located close to one another, a characteristic of most Microsoft stores, as BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson recently noted. No doubt many people visit both stores. Where are they spending their money? That remains to be seen.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.