Originally Posted by afv011
It does not preclude that B&N was already considering the expansion before Microsoft came along. We heard rumours about B&N going overseas way before MSFT got involved, and given that not much time has elapsed since the MSFT partnership was announced, I would say that this UK business was in motion way before MSFT showed up.
They certainly having been rushing to get anything done.
I didn't say that they wouldn't have done it without the MS deal, just that they have to do it now that the deal is in place, and may have been pushed by a deadline.