Microsoft is set to bring its own take on the retail experience to the UK high street, with the software giant believed to be planning the launch of a number of physical shops next year.

The sources which informed The Verge of this development couldn't pinpoint a location, but we'd guess it'd be in a very expensive part of London, if Microsoft wants to bridge the style gap that exists between itself and its fashionable, Apple-branded competition.

We can see it now; the ironic blue-screens around the product repair area, the start-up noise playing as the doors open, the forced smiles of men advising other men about graphics cards. In fact, you can already see it now, as Microsoft has a number of sadly quite traditional official shops up and running in the US and Canada. [The Verge via Techradar]