Microsoft Store Experience + $100 Gift Card #Giveaway #GoMicrosoft

by Mackenzie on May 12, 2013

Microsoft StoreDid you know that there are over 60 Microsoft retail stores throughout the country that offer not only their products but educational and fun interaction? Well they do and they are fantastic!

About Microsoft Stores

Each Microsoft retail stores offers their best products including Surface, Windows PCs, Windows Phones, Kinect for Xbox 360, and more all in a bright and open environment. As soon as you walk in the store you are greeted by a knowledgeable employee who is available to answer any and all questions you may have on their products which are grouped on workstation tables. Every product is accessible and available for use allowing you the opportunity to try the product before you purchase including the Surface.

Microsoft Store

The Surface is a PC in tablet form weighing in at only 2 pounds and is extremely portable. Perfect for those on the go or bloggers the Surface runs the full Office Suite applications meaning you can work on-the-go anywhere. There are colorful covers available in addition to a portable keyboard pad to give you the PC feel while you work.

Microsoft Store FreshPaintOf the over 60 Microsoft stores (with more U.S. stores opening all the time) there are 35 full-line retail stores that include a huge theater in the back for special events and camps and 31 specialty stores that do not have a theater but offer all the same great products. And since the first Microsoft store their focus has been on embracing families and the community feel for example helping Girl Scouts earn tech badges through the Microsoft camps and events in their theaters.

Microsoft Store TheaterMicrosoft store theaters transform from personal training and workshops into gaming central with their stack-able tables and stools. When class is in session you are comfortably seated on cushioned stools while you train with the experts. There are one-on-one sessions available in addition to their single hour-long group workshop classes that offer a range of topics. Furthermore you can expand with a 3-session subscription or year-long membership for a variety of courses.And the best part is all workshops and training sessions are completely free!

Microsoft StoreAfter class has ended the Microsoft theater space can host birthday parties, social networking and special events. In fact they welcome homeschool or blogging groups to meet and learn a specific course or topic. Food and drink are permitted during your special events and the cost is completely free. And when you hold six in-store events in the theater within a 12-month period, you are automatically qualified for $500 Microsoft giveaway.

Don’t forget their awesome summer camps:

Youth Spark Summer Camps

Beginning June 3rd kids ages 8-13 can enjoy a 2-hour a day camp session (Monday through Friday) with different topics like Digital Movie Madness, Digital Art Smart, Gamemasters, Storyteller Studio and more with different topics each day. Since each Summer Camp dates or times can vary by store, contact your local Microsoft store for details on their Summer Camps. Some stores may offer camps for kids ages 15-18 an App Builder Class that is perfect for the next tech genius.

Tech Tots Camp

  • Extremely interactive experience for kids ages 2-5
  • Parent stays while the child learns things like keyboard skills, using Kinect and embracing technology in other ways

Gaming Events

  • As the creators of Xbox 360 + Kinect, they host some pretty awesome gaming events
  • Don’t miss their launch parties for some of the year’s biggest releases or ongoing Gamer Leagues

My Experience

Microsoft StoreAs soon as I walked into my local Microsoft Store I loved it. From the bright and open space to the extensive availability of products that I could not only use but experience. That is what is different about Microsoft Stores from other retail stores. You get the full experience of their products not just the statistics and price point. You get knowledgeable staff that help you understand the products and help assist you with training or even fun events like the Dance Central 3 event we attended. In fact the entire experience was so fun that my daughter and I didn’t want to leave. While she played with one of the many XBOX 360 with Kinect set up around the store I got to try the Surface which I LOVED (and may have to pick up for my blog) and we were able to try the Dance Central 3 in the theater which was awesome! It really made me want to switch from our Wii to the XBOX 360 with Kinect!

I would definitely return to the Microsoft Store with my family and enjoy more of their special events and learn about their products through their workshops. It was really a welcome, friendly and great experience and I would do it again.

Be sure to check the Microsoft Store Locator for a store near you and don’t forget Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Join me for a Twitter party to explore @MicrosoftStore tech support, products & events. #GoMicrosoft, 5/14,1pm ET:

The Giveaway Details

Who: One (1) winner
What: (1) $100 Microsoft Retail Store Gift Card
Who: Open to US residents only 18 years of age or older
End Date: May 25, 2013 at 11:59pm EST

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Disclaimer: The Centsible Family was provided monetary compensation for a review post (via The Motherhood and Microsoft) and a $100 Microsoft Retail Store Gift Card for a giveaway in exchange for a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and true and no other compensation was given. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.


Lisa Brown May 13, 2013 at 7:55 am


Laura May 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

I love Microsoft Products!

Brett May 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

PC. if only they had a full microsoft store in ct 🙂

i’m dying for a touch screen windows pc!

Kelly D May 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

I am a PC user. I grew up using Macs though, my dad loves them.

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2 macs 2 ipads, 1 iphone, 2 samsung tablets, and a pc…. is that a holiday song…

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I am a pc user

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im a pc user

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I am a PC user

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I am a PC user

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PC user for desktop. Mac for phone and tablet

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I’m a Mac user but the rest of the family uses PC.

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i’m a PC user all the way

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I’m a PC user.

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I am a pc user

Skye May 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

PC. My stepdads been building the family computers for ages. Macs just never settled well when I used them, they always glitch. I dont think they like me all that much.

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I am a pc user

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I own a Win7 desktop and two (barely alive) Vista laptops.

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I am a PC user

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I am a PC user.

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I am a PC user….love Mircosoft products!

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We use both.

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PC user.

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I’m a PC user!

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I am a pc user. I have never used a mac before

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I am a PC user.

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I love PC!

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I am and will always be a PC user.

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PC user for the desktop, laptop and tablet, but I looooove my iPhone. 🙂

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Both but I am new to the imac

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Pc user

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PC. But I would love to own a Mac!

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I use a PC

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pc user

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PC user. Always. Never a mac user!

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PC user. Not a fan of MAC

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I’m a PC user

Victoria Carlson May 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Definitely a PC user!

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PC all the way!

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We are a pc family

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I am PC all the way.

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PC users here.

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PC user

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pc here

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PC user

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I am a PC user.

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PC, but I could learn to love a MAC
Thanks for the contest.

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I am definitely a PC user.

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I am a PC User

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I am a pc user all I have ever used

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I use a dell

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Pc user! I had a Mac and hated it

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both pc and mac

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PC only! I have tried macs but they are not for me

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I am a PC, baby.

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I’m actually both. My family all have Mac products at home, but all the computers I own and use at work are PCs. Each has their pros and cones but I think I will eventually end up with a Mac myself.

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PC user

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