Smaller, kiosk-like outlets are increasingly key to Microsoft's retail strategy, as evidenced by the five that popped up last month, and the four that will open in the near future.
The maker of the ecoATM, an electronics take-back and recycling kiosk, raises money from Coinstar and others to launch in more retail locations.
NPD Group says that kiosk rentals account for a larger market share than traditional brick-and-mortar rental stores.
Launching a series of kiosks throughout the United States, Flix on Stix plans to enable people to download movies onto a USB stick, and watch them on their home computer.
Several companies that aren't HP are using the PC maker's touch-screen desktop
In yet another extension of Microsoft's "I'm a PC" campaign, the company is putting video booths outside a U.K. Apple store and asking people to record their own videos.
Instead of a traditional guestbook, the U.K. based Memorytube records multimedia messages and pictures from wedding attendees.
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