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.
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.
Of 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 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!
After 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:
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.
- 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
- 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
As 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.
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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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