Today Microsoft launches Windows 7, the latest and much-anticipated version of its popular Windows operating system. Microsoft hopes to build buzz for the new release by offering it on the same day that the software giant also makes its first foray into the retail side of business. Microsoft, taking a page from Apple's playbook, is planning to open their own stores all over the country. Killing Microsoft's buzz is the news that Apple profits skyrocketed 47 percent in the last quarter on the success of iPhone and Mac sales. The Takeaway's tech contributor and Wired magazine writer Cliff Kuang says Apple's big week was a big blow for Microsoft but that this could be Microsoft's big year. We also go live to Paul Atkinson of public radio station KJZZ in Arizona, who is on the scene of a Microsoft Windows launch party in Scottsdale, Ariz.
(Banners in the Scottsdale mall promoting the Microsoft Store. [Photo: Paul Atkinson])