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Microsoft and Best Buy create store within a store

Microsoft Corp. and Best Buy Co. are teaming up to create a store within a store.

The Windows Store only at Best Buy, a new concept announced Thursday by the tech giant and the electronics retailer, will sell Windows-based PCs, tablets and accessories and offer support from Microsoft-trained staff.

The new format will open in 500 U.S. Best Buy locations starting later this month through September.

A Best Buy spokeswoman said the company expects to have a breakdown of the stores by market, including the Baltimore area, in coming weeks.

The stores, in small-format size of 1,500 to 2,200 square feet, hope to entice Best Buy...