Times Square has been taken over by Windows 8

Later tonight, Microsoft opens up one of its 34 "temporary" Microsoft Store locations for the holidays in New York City's Times Square. However, this isn't some tiny mall kiosk manned by one person but a huge store with lots of employees inside.

We still haven't actually gotten inside the store (it won't open to the public until 10 pm Eastern time) but we did walk past it and heard a massive roar from inside, presumably from all of the store's employees getting pumped up for the opening.

Outside, Microsoft has already set up a number of demo stations, letting anyone who passes by a chance to go hands-on with Microsoft's Surface tablet along with a number of Windows 8 devices from third party hardware makers.

A number of the stations had artists doing portraits of some of the people who dropped by the demos, painting them via Microsoft's Windows 8 art creation app Fresh Paint.

Meanwhile, a line was forming outside the Microsoft Store in order to be one of the first to get a Surface tablet in their hands. Microsoft was handing out free bags, jackets and blankets to some of the people in line. The people in the photo above were the first in line and have been waiting since 8:30 am this morning.

Stay tuned for a new report as we will go inside the Times Square Microsoft Store and also see Times Square itself get turned into a big Windows 8 Start screen.

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"Later tonight, Microsoft opens up one of its 34 "temporary" Microsoft Store locations for the holidays in New York City's Times Square"

...34 stores in Times Square? - that seem a little excessive for one location(!) lol

GreatMarkO said,
"Later tonight, Microsoft opens up one of its 34 "temporary" Microsoft Store locations for the holidays in New York City's Times Square"
34 temp stores, one of them is in Times Square.


...34 stores in Times Square? - that seem a little excessive for one location(!) lol


Wow, they are going all out on this one. Psychology 101: When a product is released that you know the general public may not like, throw money at it. This is what Microsoft is doing. If they would have done this for the Zune or Windows Phone 7, they probably would have a nice chunk of the market. I am no doubt buying the Pro tablets but hate that interface on my gaming machine.

I dunno man. Windows 8 offers the most rapid task switching in and out of a full screen game I've ever experienced on a PC, and the start screen gets me to most of the things I'd want to task switch for in the first place.

I really struggle to see the scenario where anything in particular about Windows 8's UI is detrimental to a gaming rig.

I see a lot of children and "young adults" with a lot of time on their hands. (Why aren't they working?) Where are the business people, who really make the buying decisions in companies? Not there.

TsarNikky said,
I see a lot of children and "young adults" with a lot of time on their hands. (Why aren't they working?) Where are the business people, who really make the buying decisions in companies? Not there.

Why would corporate purchasers be waiting in line at a retail store? They'll get it through volume licensing.

TsarNikky said,
I see a lot of children and "young adults" with a lot of time on their hands. (Why aren't they working?) Where are the business people, who really make the buying decisions in companies? Not there.

Wow, grasping at straws much? Seriously, STFU with the haterade. The suits don't line up for stuff like this, they're waiting for product demos from whomever their hardware vendors are, including Microsoft. Stop ****ing and moaning.

TsarNikky said,
I see a lot of children and "young adults" with a lot of time on their hands. (Why aren't they working?) Where are the business people, who really make the buying decisions in companies? Not there.

Are you being serious? I hope not.

TsarNikky said,
I see a lot of children and "young adults" with a lot of time on their hands. (Why aren't they working?) Where are the business people, who really make the buying decisions in companies? Not there.

Our IT director is driving from store to store buying all the boxed copies of Windows 8 Pro. Once he gets 12,000 of them, he'll drive back to work and start getting them deployed.

Enron said,

Our IT director is driving from store to store buying all the boxed copies of Windows 8 Pro. Once he gets 12,000 of them, he'll drive back to work and start getting them deployed.

Just curious. Your organization is going to roll out an WIN8 on day one? How many users do you have? What kind of training are you giving them? What about compatibility and patches to your exisitng stuff?

KSib said,

Are you being serious? I hope not.

Unfortunately, he is being completely serious. If Win8 does not sell the 670 million copies that Win7 did, and sell that many tonight, he will be calling it a failure and the end of Microsoft.

curme said,

Just curious. Your organization is going to roll out an WIN8 on day one? How many users do you have? What kind of training are you giving them? What about compatibility and patches to your exisitng stuff?

Pretty sure it was sarcastic.

Nice. I want the Windows tablets to succeed but not necessarily destroy the iPad (I doubt they can anyway). Competition will be better.

ians18 said,
Has anyone gotten surface preorder shipping confirmation? Mine still says in process...

Most everyone's does.

Take your order number, and remove the MS from it... then track by REFERENCE on either FedEx or UPS.

Some people are showing delivery for Monday the 29th. But MS is assuring people they'll arrive tomorrow... but everyone is pretty nervous.

For example, mine is already in Denver where it needs to be and will be here tomorrow. My wife's was still in China this morning... but it's moving pretty fast and looks like it could make it, even though delivery date says the 29th.

Edited by scumdogmillionaire, Oct 26 2012, 1:32am :

ians18 said,
Has anyone gotten surface preorder shipping confirmation? Mine still says in process...

If you go to the website of the shipping companies you can normally figure out if it has shipped by using your order number minus the MS part of it so where it says MSXXXXXXXX just use the XXXXXXXX part. Then you should have the rest of the data needed. That information is the 'reference number' on the shippers website. It should be either FedEx or UPS.

Darn I was beaten to it while I went and did something else before finishing my reply.

scumdogmillionaire said,


Most everyone's does.


Take your order number, and remove the MS from it... then track by REFERENCE on either FedEx or UPS.


Some people are showing delivery for Monday the 29th. But MS is assuring people they'll arrive tomorrow... but everyone is pretty nervous.


For example, mine is already in Denver where it needs to be and will be here tomorrow. My wife's was still in China this morning... but it's moving pretty fast and looks like it could make it, even though delivery date says the 29th.


Shane Nokes said,

If you go to the website of the shipping companies you can normally figure out if it has shipped by using your order number minus the MS part of it so where it says MSXXXXXXXX just use the XXXXXXXX part. Then you should have the rest of the data needed. That information is the 'reference number' on the shippers website. It should be either FedEx or UPS.

Darn I was beaten to it while I went and did something else before finishing my reply.


Thanks!

ians18 said,
Has anyone gotten surface preorder shipping confirmation? Mine still says in process...

I just got my email confirmation about 3.5 hours ago, but I was able to track it by reference about 24 hours prior to that when it was still in Asia. My Surface is currently in Mobile, AL and should be delivered to me in Biloxi, MS later this morning!

COKid said,
Talk about going all in. They get an "A" for effort, I'll give them that.

Good coverage, John.

It was a bad idea on MS part to bet it all on Windows 8, but they will learn the hard way soon enough.

MeltedMacaroni said,

It was a bad idea on MS part to bet it all on Windows 8, but they will learn the hard way soon enough.

I highly doubt it.

MeltedMacaroni said,

It was a bad idea on MS part to bet it all on Windows 8, but they will learn the hard way soon enough.

If you say so... I've had like 10 people IMing me all evening asking if the web store link was active yet.

MeltedMacaroni said,

It was a bad idea on MS part to bet it all on Windows 8, but they will learn the hard way soon enough.

You are right, Microsoft didn't learn their lesson with the 670 million copies of Win7 sold. Perhaps Apple can help with the marketing for Win8, after all, they have a total of 30 million Macs in use right now, and sold about 125 million over 30 years. Apple Mac, the pinnacle of success!

MeltedMacaroni said,

It was a bad idea on MS part to bet it all on Windows 8, but they will learn the hard way soon enough.


Agreed! At least they are trying.

MeltedMacaroni said,

It was a bad idea on MS part to bet it all on Windows 8, but they will learn the hard way soon enough.

lol and I'm hoping you can provide a thesis for such statement?

MeltedMacaroni said,

It was a bad idea on MS part to bet it all on Windows 8, but they will learn the hard way soon enough.

Yeah, selling millions of copies of their software and making record revenue... That ought to teach them!

MeltedMacaroni said,

It was a bad idea on MS part to bet it all on Windows 8, but they will learn the hard way soon enough.

Well, here at work, I showed to some colleagues images of Win 8 tablets and talked about the features in it (Desktop + Metro UI) and everyone said they will buy a Windows 8 tablet to replace their Galaxy tabs in the coming months.