People lining up in the US for the Microsoft Surface
We have had a few of you send in photos from around the US today showing some MS Stores opening and sure enough, there are some crowds.
While none of it touches New York City and Times Square, it’s a good sign that quite a few people are interested in the Surface. And those kiosks seem like a great way to intercept people traversing stores in the mall.
The images in the post come from three locations:
- Frisco, Texas (from Rutvik P.)
- Bellevue Square Mall, Bellevue, WA (from Yuri D.)
- Galleria Mall, St. Louis (from Kyle L.)
Have you seen lines or crowds at your local Microsoft Store or kiosk? Sound off in comments and share your experiences!
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Hope those folks in line at the Microsoft stores get to walk out with the product they waited for!
There was no Surface without touchcover available, therefore I will buy one as soon as I can have one with typecover.
There's definitely quite a few people who aren't aware of Surface because plenty of passerbys were trying to figure out what was going on.
I have to say the Surface was fantastic to hold in the hand and the keyboard (touch) surpassed by expectations. However, the screen resolution definitely does not surpass the Ipad 3 (which I have), It's probably more like an Ipad 2 resolution. Still, the color definitely pops and the gestures are so much more slicker and pragmatic than the iPad. Going to fly back home today and see how it does on the plane.
Now I might wait in line for the perfect buffalo wing, lol
Once I logged in with my Live account all my settings and app lists were there so I just had to download them (you can go to MArket > swype down > My apps > right click or tap down all of them and tap install. Boom.
The Touch cover is IMPRESSIVE. I'm amazed at how good this works - game changer!
Also got $99 free Xbox pass!! They were giving these away, definitely more than 100 people got this while I waited.
And guess what they use for the front picture (and first picture)? An empty line at the store with this description, "Hundreds of people came to Seattle's only Microsoft Store in University Villiage for the release of the Surface.. "
This kind of media bias happens all the time here and I'm guessing elsewhere too.
For example, in response to a Windows 8 article yesterday, someone commented they didn't like Windows 8 because the interface looked like it was made by PlaySkool. With no mention of any actual complaint (like usability/fuctionality/etc).
I'm hoping when people start using these new Windows 8 products and software they realize how good and useful they really are.
Plus, the keyboards are REALLY cool.
I would definately get one or the other keyboards, for at least for a screen protector (the touch is is more geared as a protective cover but doubles as keyboard).
After posting the above, one the 'walkers' came over and we chatted quite a bit. The topic of number of units sold so far came up, and I pointed to his Point Of Sale device and said "look it up.", but we found it wouldn't show the number that store had sold. But he did say they were selling like hot cakes. They had several double digit units sold in one sale. i.e. Someone comes in, and said "I'll take 65 of them." They paid, and the softies told the guy to go around back to the loading dock to pick them up. Apparently they had several of those types of sales go through today, along with the constant single unit sales. I swear one was going out the door literally every minute.
I can't belive I just spent over 4 hours just playing around one device.
I even see a Surface RT 65gb going for $1,200 USD on ebay right now. :)
Many people have been using their E-Mail Addresses for some, many Years. Some use them for their Business as well.
Some of the people who will be buying the New Microsoft Surface RT Tablet will find out the hard way that their Hard Earned Money will NOT be able to get them their E-Mail on the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet.
Why does Microsoft have to do things like this to their customers?