From last night...the Windows Phone party in NYC in photos!

Now that we're a bit recovered from yesterday, we can share with you how the first of many Windows Phone night parties went.

Kicking of in New York City and heading to Chicago, Dallas, LA and finally San Francisco, the show last night (and tonight) were sold out. There were so many people there last night that the line wrapped around the block--yes, New York, you came out in full force. VIPers had a special line which was much shorter, allowing them be let in first. In addition, you VIP folks get a special lounge to go to where you can relax and play with the new Windows Phones in a more relaxed atmosphere. And you get free drinks.

The event itself was pretty amazing. You had a section where you can dress like an Angry Bird and get your photo taken, there was a digital wall-of-apps, a Fruit Ninja area where you can sit and play on a dozen Windows Phones, stations everywhere with the HTC Tian, HTC Radar 4G, Samsung Focus S and the Focus Flash on display and helpful attendants to walk you through the new features. There are digital stations everywhere where you can scan your ID bracelet for a chance to win a Windows Phone as well as a Twitter contest to win some there too. The food was excellent (you get 3 food tokens) as well as some great drink mixers.

The Brooklyn native band 'Matt & Kim' took the stage at 9pm and rocked the whole place and DJs spun some great music in between. To say 'Mat & Kim' were well received is an understatement--even they had a great time as the venue turned into a full on concert at the point, with everyone enjoying their set.

All in all the mood was very festive--people were genuinely having a great time. Most importantly, they were toying with the phones, playing the games and really getting into the whole 'socially connected' theme of the party. We're told the exact same setup is traveling around to the other four cities, meaning you're in for one heck of a treat. (Note, you do have to be 21 to get into the event and they were checking IDs.)

Microsoft had a big publicity day yesterday and dare we say, they nailed it. If you can attend one of these night parties, we strongly encourage you do so as you'll have a blast. T'was a very cool time.

Take a look at some more pics after the break!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Awesome event last night! Microsoft really knows how to throw a party. Good show by Matt and Kim, **** new phones and free booze. Can't go wrong. Photobooth was rad, though the pictures never synced to my FB account, womp womp. Best of all I won the HTC Radar by checking into one of the display stations. Great interactive event. Now I'm definitely drinkin the kool-aid.
  • I lol'ed at your "womp womp". A female friend and I always make this sound when we watch movies together.
  • Darn, I already registered for a Dallas ticket, but yet I'm not yet 21... I'm just gonna host a party at a AT&T retail store and call it a Microsoft Windows Phone party lol.
  • Wow. I wanna go to the Chicago one now. But its 5 hours from cincy...
  • Man, I moved out of the SF Bay Area this summer. I already miss these events. I don't live near a tech mecca anymore :(
  • The event was great. It was nice to see the new hardware in person in a cool setting with other people who are into WP7. I guess my free drinks got to me because I didn't realize that I was supposed to tap my bracelet at the display station. lol! And I wasn't fast enough with the Twitter contest but apparently someone who shall remain nameless fared quite well! The food was great, the MS reps were very helpful and cheery, and the music was good too. Kim is a piece of work!
  • lol, I got mad fast fingers! It was exciting to win, but since I already bought a Radar 4G I gave the phone away to a lucky lady ;-)
  • None of these are anywhere close to where I am. FML :(
  • Has anyone attended one of the smaller Inner Circle events that MS is sponsoring? I registered for one of them here in Nashville and I'm curious what to expect. I know it won't be as awesome as the 5 big events but will it even be worth my time to attend?
  • Was there too. Good times.
  • I'll be demoing at the Charlotte 'Inner Circle' event--hope it's close to this!