Microsoft is squaring off with Apple again in a high noon type of retail store showdown. The company’s upcoming store in the Mall of America in Minneapolis will sit directly across from the Apple store. The store is said to be twice as wide as Apple’s store, and it will apparently shut down ten times as often with a blue screen of death instead of a closed sign. Okay, I made that last part up.
We don’t know when the store will be open, but it might open before the Windows Phone 7 launch. Microsoft will also emulate Apple’s Genius Bar by offering an Answer Desk.