But back to Microsoft's forward integration into consumer electronics retailing: here's the bottom line perspective from the company:
"Our customers have told us they want more choice, more value and better service, and that's what we'll deliver through our Microsoft Stores" David Porter, corporate vice president . Microsoft retail stores, WSJ, 10/15/09This is only the latest entry of another major player in what is shaping up to be a battle of the titans. Noisy dithering by wall street analysts, journalists, and other pundits over who's making the most aggressive price reductions, who's sourcing smartest, who's ramping up their M&A engines for greater scale and efficiency, and who's "getting the value message from consumer" is simply obscuring a more fundamental and ultimately dramatic business model restructuting hidden in plain sight.
So, buckle up - it's going to become a (much) bumpier ride competing in the consumer electronics space! (due credit to Bette)