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Microsoft to close all offline retail stores, take $450 million hit

The Redmond, Washington-based software giant said would continue to serve customers online, with team members working remotely from corporate facilities

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It was not immediately clear if Microsoft's move would lead to any layoffs

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Microsoft Corp said on Friday it would close its retail stores and take a related pre-tax asset impairment charge of $450 million in the current quarter.

The Redmond, Washington-based software giant said would continue to serve customers online, with team members working remotely from corporate facilities.

It was not immediately clear if Microsoft's move would lead to any layoffs. The company also said it will rethink other spaces that serve all customers, including operating Microsoft Experience Centers in London, New York City, Sydney, and Redmond campus locations.

"This is a tough, but smart strategic decision for (CEO) Nadella & Co.

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First Published: Jun 26 2020 | 8:37 PM IST

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