After much anticipation, Microsoft Retail Stores opened its 15th store Thursday at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California.

The second Store in the Silicon Valley region was welcomed to the Palo Alto-area by local influencers, executives, elected officials, community representatives, and nearly 1,000 customers and partners at the Grand Opening ceremony!

Hundreds of customers crowded the entrance as the curtain dropped and were welcomed by energetic store associates excited to introduce them to the latest and greatest Microsoft products.  Many immediately lined up to duel in The Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge! Later in the day attendees were also able to play Kinect with San Francisco 49ers legend, Jerry Rice, and receive photos and autographs.

This new Store provides several offerings to give every customer the VIP treatment including:

  • Exclusive private store tours with hands-on demos of new products and services including the latest Windows PCs and slates, Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and Office software
  • A Business Development Specialist to help amplify small businesses and their needs
  • Free ongoing educational workshops
  • Free use of the Community Theater space with a 103 inch touch screen for presentations, parties, events, etc

Overall, the Stanford Shopping Center opening was a huge success and is another great addition to the Microsoft Retail family!