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Microsoft, portals click with offline retailers

A month after Microsoft announced a deal with consumer electronics chain RadioShack, the giant announces a broad marketing alliance with Best Buy that includes a $200 million investment.


  latest developments 

Microsoft takes a stake in Best Buy just one month after announcing a deal with consumer electronics chain RadioShack, and America Online and Yahoo are getting in the game with Circuit City and Kmart, respectively.

"Next year is going to be the revenge of the brick and mortar."

- David Cooperstein, analyst, Forrester Research


Microsoft takes stake in Best Buy
The broad marketing alliance includes a $200 million investment by the software giant in computer and electronics retailer Best Buy. Click or miss

AOL, Wal-Mart next to team on Net service
update The giant online services firm inks a far-reaching marketing alliance with the retailing giant, including the launch of a low-cost Internet access service.

Do Kmart, Circuit City Web plans make sense?
update The recent flurry of deals between Internet heavyweights and retailers signals a new stage in the development of e-commerce, with most of the benefits falling to brick-and-mortar chains, analysts say.

Sites take on features of offline malls
Struggling to stand out on the increasingly crowded Web, small e-tailers are finding strength in numbers.

Yahoo, Kmart offer free Net access
update The Web giant and Masayoshi Son's Softbank Venture Capital announce an agreement with Kmart to create a co-branded free Internet access service.

AOL, Circuit City ink marketing deal
update Circuit City Stores will promote the products and services of America Online under a marketing pact, the companies say.

previous coverage
Microsoft bets on RadioShack for Web strategy
update Microsoft's deal with RadioShack is perhaps the clearest indication yet of the software giant's strategy to sell Web services to a mass market.