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SLIDESHOW: Apple Store vs. Microsoft Store

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SLIDESHOW: Apple Store vs. Microsoft Store

For most of the last decade, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was the only major tech company with hundreds of retail outlets worldwide.

That changed after Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) started opening a series of retail outlets nationwide. Now the Windows maker -- along with Apple rival Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) -- is opening stores-within-stores at numerous Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) locations.

Last week, Microsoft opened its first store in Metro Detroit and another in Indianapolis.

How do these stores -- which sell Windows-based PCs and tablets from a variety of manufacturers, including Asus, Lenovo and Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) -- compare to Apple's retail outlets? Click through the slideshow to find out.

Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ

  • Tablets Galore

    Tablets Galore

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) stores feature a wonderful display of tablets from a farrago of manufacturers.

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  • iPads, Nothing More

    iPads, Nothing More

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stores focus exclusively on promoting the company's own products, much like a dealership (except for the variety used-car lot).

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  • A Colorful Message

    A Colorful Message

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) employees wear a variety of bright colors.

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  • These Guys Still Look Blue

    These Guys Still Look Blue

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) employees wear that famous shade of blue.

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  • People Can't Wait for the Latest Gadgets

    People Can't Wait for the Latest Gadgets

    These products may have been old news to tech enthusiasts who picked them up at other retailers, but that didn't stop hundreds from exploring the newly opened Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) store.

    Image Credit: Louis Bedigian © Benzinga
  • A Familiar Sight

    A Familiar Sight

    In this regard, Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) store isn't all that different…

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  • What's Better than a $200 Xbox 360?

    What's Better than a $200 Xbox 360?

    A free Xbox 360!

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) gave away several Xbox 360 consoles at its store opening, along with at least one fully-paid pre-order for Xbox One.

    Image Credit: Louis Bedigian © Benzinga
  • No Freebies from Apple

    No Freebies from Apple

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) does not give away free merchandise when it opens new stores.

    The company has rewarded a handful of customers with massive gift cards, but only after reaching App Store and iTune sales milestones.

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  • Microsoft Stores Draw Massive Crowds

    Microsoft Stores Draw Massive Crowds

    See?

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  • Apple Stores do the Same Thing

    Apple Stores do the Same Thing

    Perhaps these two retailers aren't that different after all…

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  • So Many Prizes!

    So Many Prizes!

    Check out all of the prizes that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) gave away at its store opening in Metro Detroit.

    Image Credit: Louis Bedigian © Benzinga

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