Microsoft may be closing a number of its branded authorized resellers in Brazil. A new report claims that many of them have shut their doors, but there's no definite word as to why this has happened.
According to WindowsMania.com.br, it's possible that Microsoft is simply shifting its strategy when it comes to stores in Brazil, which is one of the most popular countries for Windows Phone. It's also possible that Microsoft's decision to no longer make new devices in the country might have something to do with it. Again, none of this has been confirmed by Microsoft so take this with a grain of salt.
Update: Microsoft Brazil has now issued a statement to local blog WindowsTeam confirming the closures. From Microsoft (translated):
"Microsoft, together with its franchisees in a strategic decision for the channel confirms the closing set of certain physical stores of the brand Microsoft Store - Authorized Reseller in Brazil. The company makes clear, however, that the service's online store brand continues to operate normally and serving the entire national territory. "
Thanks, James, for the tip!