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Microsoft, Barnes & Noble: It’s All About the Online Store

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http://www.thevarguy.com – Microsoft’s $300 million deal with Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), announced today, ain’t about the Nook. Instead, it is about the Nook Book Store. Indeed, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) finally has an online store that truly impresses The VAR Guy. And the Microsoft-Barnes & Noble deal sets up a potential showdown vs. Amazon Kindle eBooks vs. Apple iBooks and the iBookstore. So why should channel partners care about the eBook market? A simple answer: Microsoft’s strategy in the eBook market could spill over into the SaaS applications market. Simply put, Microsoft needs more bac (IT news)