Behind the scenes from the VIP Microsoft E3 ExpertZone party!

Every year, Microsoft does E3, one of the largest gaming expos in the world. Lately, they have also been throwing a private party at their ginormous Xbox booth.

However, this party is not for the elite or the famous. It is to give thanks to their retail staff. This group is part of Microsoft's ExpertZone (opens in new tab). These are the people who train staff at retail locations, employees at Microsoft Stores and more.

Ben Rudolph, who you may be familiar with from the 'Smoked by Windows Phone' challenge, oversees this program. Likewise, our former managing editor, Sam Sabri is now working there as well. You can read Sam's bigger write-up about Microsoft's ExpertZone here when we covered this event last year.

Microsoft flies in nearly 300 ExpertZone people for exclusive access to the new games, try out that HoloLens and Halo experience, enjoy food, and win some prizes for a three-and-half hour shindig.

It is a very cool thing and Windows Central was on-hand to cover it. So sit back and enjoy your tour of the Microsoft E3 2015 booth!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • That's cool, I was in the expertzone program when I worked at Best Buy back in the day.
  • Smoked by windows phone. What a joke that is now.. I can't even share a photo on facebook
  • Then your doing something wrong, i was able to share 3 pictures on Facebook today with no issues...
  • Lol
  • Love the green :)
  • Didn't get to go this year but a fantastic time
  • The booth with forza looked amazing. That must be so immersive.
  • Very cool
  • Nice
  • Would love to attend, so very jealous.
  • Ah, I think a lot of is miss Sam.