appears to be shifting its brick-and-mortar focus to its full-fledged retail stores.
Across the US, the computer giant is closing its smaller "specialty stores," which was the name it gave its mall kiosks, and is instead putting its energy into retail shops.
"After careful discussion and evaluation, we've made the decision to close our specialty store locations," a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an email. "We look forward to continuing to showcase a robust lineup of products and services at our full line and flagship stores."
The news comes as Microsoft is set to open its first flagship store in London. The company already has more than 80 retail stores in the US, Canada and Australia.
Originally published June 4, 1:08 p.m. PT.
Update, 3:44 p.m.: Adds comment from Microsoft spokeswoman.