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Visited a Microsoft Retail Store Lately? #GoMicrosoft

by TerriAnn
Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California

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Where do you turn for all your Microsoft needs, including technical support and training? Where can you go for your XBox gaming fix? Where are you able to rent a theater space for events such as children’s parties for free? Well, I just recently found out that you can find all that and more at the local Microsoft retail store.

Before last week, I didn’t even know that Microsoft retail stores existed and that there was even one near me in Palo Alto at the Stanford Shopping Center. It was kind of funny that it was only one store down from their competitor’s store.

Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California

Microsoft retail stores are so much more than just a place to buy ‘stuff’. You can purchase Microsoft products but that’s just one portion of the services they offer. There are oodles of items on display so you can test them hands-on including the all-new and totally awesome Surface.

Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California

Unfortunately, I was too busy exploring the rest of the store and didn’t get to play with one much. I’ll have to do that next time! There were also XBOX and Kinect games, laptops, Windows 8 PCs, phones, and their related accessories.

Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California

While I was busy working, my daughter wasted no time in entertaining herself on all the various products. By the way, the wall-to-wall screens really kept the store bright and interesting.

Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California

Already have one or more of these but need help using them? Ask an employee for help or make an appointment at the Answer Desk for, well, answers. You can get assistance in setting up parental controls, getting a tune-up on your Microsoft products, or finding out what system is best suited for you and your family.

Don’t worry if you didn’t buy your Microsoft items from this exact location. Just bring them in and the crew will be more than willing to help you out. Or, if you want, you can go online to Microsoftstore.com to get instant help from home or any other place you might be.

Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California

You’ll want to check your local store’s calendar for all the events they have lined up. These will include workshops, summer camps, gaming events, networking events, and more. Personal one-on-one training sessions are available able too – all for FREE!

Most of these are held in the sectioned off theater area. The theater area can be reserved (again, for FREE) for groups and events. Food and drinks are allowed. Just call the store’s Community Development Specialist to book the space. The only thing that concerned me was the fact that the theater area is so open and not really private at all. I’d be concerned with noise and food for the reserving party as well as other patrons.

Microsoft Retail Store in Palo Alto California

I was really surprised at how open and inviting the store was. No one was hovering over you and trying to pressure you so they could get a sale. In fact, we found the staff to be helpful and pretty knowledgeable.

I also had the chance to hear from Melinda George, Training and Development Specialist from Microsoft stores. Here are a few highlights she shared on our conference call:

  • There are 35 full-line Microsoft retail stores (stores with the theater in the back)
  • There are 31 Microsoft specialty stores (which can’t accommodate camps but are still fun to visit!) – specialty stores are denoted on the locations page of the website with this symbol: ” “; the specialty stores feature a curated selection of the best Microsoft products
  • New U.S. stores are opening all the time
  • Since the beginning of Microsoft stores, the brand has embraced families and communities. Every store reaches out to its own community, whether it is planting trees, packing frozen foods, etc.

In regard to personal training and workshops in the theater space, Ms. George related the following:

  • Train with Experts: Choose a topic that interests you and learn one-on-one with Microsoft associates at your local store. We have single hour-long classes that offer maximum flexibility, a 3-session subscription, a year-long membership for a variety of courses to buy and redeem in stores, and business training
  • Workshops can either be one-on-one or a group training or workshop
  • Training can be an ongoing class or a one-time specific topic of your choice (great for homeschool groups)

Tomorrow, May 14th, there’s going to be an exciting Twitter chat with generous prizes. We’ll be checking out the ways Microsoft experts can make our lives easier and how the Microsoft stores are places to shop and fun for everyone.

  • When: Thursday, May 14, at 1 p.m. ET (the party will last one hour)
  • Where: On Twitter using the #GoMicrosoft hashtag. Feel free to use this TweetGrid
  • Prizes: Five winners will receive $25 Microsoft retail store gift cards and one grand prize winner will be chosen for a $500 Microsoft retail store gift card!
  • Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/GoMicrosoft

Lastly, here are some key links to keep you up-to-date:

I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Lisa Brown May 14, 2013 - 4:30 am

I did not know there was a location near me. I may check it out.

Jeccica Simpson May 14, 2013 - 5:58 am

I have yet to check this storefront out!! Will soon though!!

Jill Rivera May 14, 2013 - 6:23 am

I plan to next time I go to the Christina Mall.

Katie Contests May 14, 2013 - 6:29 am

There’s not one nearby, but I would if there was!

Denise Taylor-Dennis May 14, 2013 - 7:01 am

I don’t have any immediate plans to go to the Microsoft store as its not in my budget at the moment.

JD Northwest May 14, 2013 - 7:33 am

Why yes, I was just at the Bellevue Square Microsoft Store for a meet and greet with the Star Trek promotion.

Birdie Skolfield May 14, 2013 - 7:48 am

Yes I have gone to the Microsoft Store in San Diego it’s a techy’s dream place 4 sure !!!!!!!!!!

Lisa B. May 14, 2013 - 9:51 am

No I have not yet been to one! I might have to go check it out now 🙂

David May 14, 2013 - 10:01 am

They don’t have one in my area, but their store locator said they may be opening one soon.

latanya May 14, 2013 - 10:34 am

there is no location near me

rich morris May 14, 2013 - 12:36 pm

I didn’t know there was one in Beachwood, Oh (about 25 minutes away) so i’ll definitely be checking it out

shelly peterson May 14, 2013 - 4:24 pm

I have not been one to one but I would like to

D Schmidt May 14, 2013 - 7:58 pm

I have not visited but I do plan to visit one soon, probably the store in Santa Clara since I think it is my nearest one

Patricia Wojnar Crowley May 14, 2013 - 8:20 pm

The closest one to me is in Ohio…so I won’t be visiting anytime soon…maybe they’ll open one near me soon though!

Cindy May 14, 2013 - 10:39 pm


Janet F May 15, 2013 - 2:14 pm

There are not any in my area.

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Harmony B May 15, 2013 - 2:31 pm

I look forward to going to our local store

Austin Baroudi May 15, 2013 - 2:36 pm

I haven’t been to it since the last time I was at the Maine Mall about 2 years ago.

Vicki Hale May 15, 2013 - 5:34 pm

I checked out the store locator and the 2 nearest ones are 1 hr. away. No, I haven’t been to them, and I have no plan at this time to do so. Thank you. Vicki

Thomas Murphy May 15, 2013 - 5:50 pm

I have not visited the Microsoft retail store, I may check it out soon.

Amanda Sakovitz May 15, 2013 - 5:51 pm

I havent yet but I would if I was buying a computer

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Tammy S May 16, 2013 - 5:42 am

Yes I have been to the Microsoft store. We go every time we go to the mall. It’s like being a kid in the candy store.

Adrienne Gordon May 16, 2013 - 9:36 am

Ive visited one.

Stacey B May 16, 2013 - 10:11 am

It’s been awhile since I’ve stopped by but I would like to so that I can try out the new Surface Pro

Elena May 16, 2013 - 10:31 am

I plan to visit soon

Katie K May 16, 2013 - 11:09 am

Haven’t yet but I’m interested in trying the new Surface

Margaret Smith May 16, 2013 - 12:04 pm

I haven’t visited as yet, but am planning to go to some of the workshops.

Jemima P May 16, 2013 - 1:15 pm

I have been to one once

Scott Martin May 16, 2013 - 2:27 pm

I haven’t even seen one by me so the answer is “no!”

Nataly Carbonell May 16, 2013 - 2:48 pm

I have never visited a microsoft store, but can’t wait to visit one soon!

Katie Roch May 16, 2013 - 4:26 pm

I have not yet visited their retail store because the closest one is a few hours away.

Kenny F May 16, 2013 - 4:33 pm

might go soon

AndreaH May 16, 2013 - 5:01 pm

I haven’t visited one near me and at this moment there is no reason to go visit one.

Kelly D May 16, 2013 - 7:03 pm

I have not visited the Microsoft stores near me but I think my family would like to.

Jesselyn A/Jesstinger May 16, 2013 - 8:02 pm

No – we haven’t – only because we’ve been doing most of our non-food/beverage shopping on-line – but thanks for calling our attention to what we’ve been missing . We’ll be sure to check it out soon.

Rochel S. May 16, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Ive never actually gone in but i do pass it all the time in my local mall.

gregg deering May 17, 2013 - 2:56 am

I have visited it in the past.

Nikki Lynn Hanna May 17, 2013 - 7:45 am

I have never visited one but there is one near my mom in N.C.

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Kim H May 17, 2013 - 8:03 am

I havent yet but plan to. There is one not too far away

Sandra Phillips May 17, 2013 - 8:25 am

We don’t have a store in our town.

Tabathia B May 17, 2013 - 9:29 am

I haven’t been to one yet but will soon

Louis May 17, 2013 - 10:09 am

I haven’t but will check it out when I get my next computer
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Brett May 17, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Yeah, I visit the Microsoft store regularly. They have lots of fun toys and good deals too.

Natalie May 17, 2013 - 12:42 pm

There is one near me, I think we may visit it thank u

Becky Richied May 17, 2013 - 4:15 pm

I have not got to visit a Microsoft store but they are putting on in in downtown Portland June 12th and I am planning on going and picking up some things, I’ve been waiting for this and actually checking their website 🙂 lol

michelle koerner May 17, 2013 - 9:05 pm

No, there really isnt one near by me.

Jill H May 18, 2013 - 1:19 am

We will be going there soon.

Ellen B May 18, 2013 - 2:54 pm

I haven’t ever been to the store but I would love to buy some items

Mary Casper May 18, 2013 - 3:22 pm

I have not yet but I do plan on getting there

Stephanie Larison May 18, 2013 - 5:51 pm

I haven’t been to one, but I’d sure like to check it out!

Jennifer Nixon May 18, 2013 - 6:47 pm

I haven’t been to the closest one because it is quite a ways away. I’d like to visit though.

christine jessamine May 18, 2013 - 7:47 pm

i plan to visit in the next few weeks

Tamar May 19, 2013 - 6:05 am

never, but i totally would stop by one if I encountered it. I hate mac, I love microsoft.

Nancy May 19, 2013 - 7:07 am

The nearest one to me is about 2 hours away so I only visit if I am going to the city anyhow.

Michele P May 19, 2013 - 2:59 pm

we are going to Boston during summer vacation, and plan to visit their store in Boston.

Kyl Neusch May 19, 2013 - 5:49 pm

none near enough by

Katherine H May 19, 2013 - 6:20 pm

I haven’t visited one, but I would like to!

David Haug May 19, 2013 - 7:27 pm

I will soon.

Colleen Boudreau May 19, 2013 - 8:21 pm

No I haven’t yet.

Sarah L May 19, 2013 - 9:57 pm

I found there are 2 in the Denver area, but both are pretty far from me.
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Edna Williams May 20, 2013 - 2:27 pm

I have not been to one. Thank you.

Courtnie May 20, 2013 - 4:52 pm

I’ve not been to one, and there isn’t one near me unfortunately.

Lauren O. May 21, 2013 - 11:27 am

There is not a store near me but I would love to go to one. Maybe the next time I go to a bigger city.

Debra Hall May 21, 2013 - 2:16 pm

no i have never been but would like to

Lisa M May 21, 2013 - 5:25 pm

I have not but would like to

Richard Hicks May 21, 2013 - 8:29 pm

have not visited yet

Amie W May 22, 2013 - 6:13 am

No I haven’t visited a Microsoft retail store because we don’t have one nearby.

Claudia May 23, 2013 - 12:59 am

No , I haven’t , and I will visit the store in future. Thank you!

Michelle S May 23, 2013 - 10:32 am

I don’t have one close to me, but I did visit the one in Mission Viejo, CA when we lived there.

tina reynolds May 23, 2013 - 11:58 am

I have not yet but probaly will when we go on vacation

absa May 23, 2013 - 6:47 pm

yes in houston . i have got a location near my place

joni May 24, 2013 - 1:06 am

I checked it out and their are no stores in PA.

lisa l. May 24, 2013 - 9:41 am

i didn’t even know there were microsoft stores…..well, now I do:)

Webb W May 24, 2013 - 6:27 pm

I don’t have one nearby

Alexandra Roach May 24, 2013 - 10:38 pm

There’s a couple in Houston!

Lisa May 25, 2013 - 2:02 pm

The one near me will be coming soon 🙂

Susan Smith May 25, 2013 - 3:11 pm

I haven’t been to a store but I hope to in the future.

Deb S May 25, 2013 - 6:56 pm

The nearest one is a couple of hours away but will visit when we pass through on vacation

Kim Smith May 25, 2013 - 8:02 pm

No I have not visited our Microsoft store

Wanda McHenry May 25, 2013 - 8:56 pm

We don’t have one near us, I would have to visit via the web

Daniel M May 25, 2013 - 9:54 pm

sure next time i hit the local mall

Sarah Ann Walker May 25, 2013 - 11:58 pm

I plan on visiting the Microsoft store near me very soon. I need a new laptop.

joseph gersch jr May 26, 2013 - 2:06 am

i have not i plan to checek it out

Rebecca O May 26, 2013 - 6:46 am

I have not visited a store close to me, I usually do a lot of my shopping online.

Donna Kozar May 26, 2013 - 7:25 am

I haven’t visited yet, but I want to visit.

Lynda Del May 26, 2013 - 7:46 am

No, I have not visited yet.

susan smoaks May 26, 2013 - 8:23 am

i do plan on visiting my local microsoft store very soon!

Steph May 26, 2013 - 8:41 am

I haven’t visited one yet, but there is one a few hours away at The Mall of America.

Holly Storm-Burge May 26, 2013 - 9:10 am

I live in a small town, so they’re probably not going to have one near me 😉

cassandra mccann May 26, 2013 - 10:11 am

I have not yet and was not planning on it because it is a little bit of a drive

Chelsea M May 26, 2013 - 10:26 am

I have never visited one but I might in the future.

Linda Kish May 26, 2013 - 10:41 am

I haven’t been to a store. The closest store is over an hour away.

Bo May 26, 2013 - 10:48 am

I’ve visited my store several times to just browse and even went to a presentation they were having there. I love the store!

ChadP May 26, 2013 - 11:44 am

I have! In fact, I bought my Windows phone from one!!

Kim Henrichs May 26, 2013 - 11:46 am

I have not yet but would like to!

Stephanie Brown Eversole May 26, 2013 - 12:17 pm

They just opened a store in my favorite mall, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time!

denise May 26, 2013 - 2:56 pm

No and maybe if it’s at the mall of america

nicole May 26, 2013 - 3:25 pm

dont have one nearby 🙁

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Ayana F May 26, 2013 - 3:49 pm

I have not visited the Microsoft retail store. I may visit.

Hannah M. May 26, 2013 - 3:58 pm

I haven’t ever been to a Microsoft store! However if I won, I would definitely be in attendance to one 😉

Zion May 26, 2013 - 5:31 pm

I will visit if i win 😛

Karrie Millheim May 26, 2013 - 6:33 pm

I have no visited yet

Tim May 26, 2013 - 6:49 pm

I would like to but no I have not done yet.

John Hutchens May 26, 2013 - 6:50 pm

No I have not but plan to soon

Sylvia Zajis May 26, 2013 - 7:46 pm

I have not visited it yet, it is fairly new here. I do plan on visiting it in the future though.

Vikki Billings May 26, 2013 - 8:40 pm

I do not have any plans to go to the Microsoft store but I would like to

Suzanne Lewis May 26, 2013 - 8:56 pm

I have not, but I would like to.

Kelly May 26, 2013 - 9:27 pm

I didn’t even know this was a thing, but I’ll check it out next time I’m in the area.

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