Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Review and Giveaway

January 13, 2013 160 Comments »

Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway TechSavvyMama

So far PC tablets have been sort of meh for me until getting a sneak peek at the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT during a private meeting at BlogHer in August. Like with most new tech devices, I was immediately intrigued by this new Windows tablet but wondered if the sleek, seemingly easy to use, and gorgeous device running the new Windows 8 would be too good to be true. Early reviews were mixed but since getting my hands on one around the holidays, I have to say that Surface lives up to and exceeds my expectations.

One of the first things I noticed while unboxing the Surface with Windows RT is how Microsoft has differentiated their product from others on the market with its  packaging. Lots of thought has been put into the design of the box itself, making it evoke the high style of the iPad, Apple’s competing tablet with largest current market share.

But make no mistake, Surface is not an iPad wannabe or copycat.

Sure, it’s highly portable thanks to its slim (.37”) and light (1.5 lbs) design. It has a front and rear facing camera, magnetic attachment for the power cord like many Apple’s devices have, and features a metal exterior (Surface is made of magnesium alloy versus the stainless steel back of the iPad) but those similarities are where the comparisons end.

Microsoft has taken the Surface and raised expectations of future iPads thanks to some nifty features that Apple simply hasn’t included in the design and smart accessories that aren’t yet available to accompany their popular tablet.

Microsoft Surface Tablet Kickstand TechSavvyMama

Surface features an integrated Kickstand that is perfectly angled to avoid the chopped off head look when using the front or rear facing camera. It’s pretty smart that the rear camera in the Surface is angled at 22 degrees so it looks straight ahead when the kickstand is engaged. Hooray for no more cut off heads when Skyping!

Microsoft Surface Touch Cover TechSavvyMama

Apple may have the Smart Cover for their iPads but the Surface’s Touch Cover is even smarter. The iPad Smart Cover and Surface’s Touch Cover both attach to the tablets magnetically but the Touch Cover does double duty as a protective cover and  keyboard. The slim Touch Cover features a pressure sensitive keyboard, Windows shortcut keys, trackpad that require a gentle touch to use, and can be folded back like a magazine cover for times you want to just use the touchscreen capabilities of Surface.

Most other keyboard accessories for tablets require a Bluetooth connection. Not the Touch Cover. It just snaps in and works. There’s no frustration of being able to connect via Bluetooth or remembering to keep the extra accessory charged. Parents who let their kids use their tablet will appreciate that the Touch Cover is easy to clean and spill resistant. The Touch Cover’s price may seem steep ($119) but honestly, good iPad keyboards cost almost as much and aren’t nearly as cool or easy to use as this. For anyone who prefers the click of real keys over touching the keys on the Touch Cover might like the Type Cover ($129).

Anti-Fingerprint Coating

One of my pet peeves on my touchscreen devices are endless fingerprints. Thanks to the anti-fingerprint coating on Surface, I’ve been able to put the Windex away. I love that the screen always looks perfect and I’m not having to look through smudges.

USB Port

Yes, there is one USB port on the right side of Surface for additional storage for connecting a wireless mouse. Of course, if you have the Wedge Touch Mouse, it connects automatically via Bluetooth so you can keep your USB port free for other things.

Windows RT on Surface

The Surface comes preinstalled with Windows RT, a version of Windows that’s specifically designed for Surface and other laptops. For those who are familiar with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, or the XBox interface, Windows RT features tiles to provide a similar visual experience across various Microsoft products.

Microsoft Surface Tablet on Table

Just like Windows 8, Windows RT allows you to customize your Start Screen so the items you use most are front and center. Having pinned many of the same apps to the Surface Start Screen that are our HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO, I’ve found the experience to be similar and seamless when switching from tablet to desktop machine and also when using the 8X phone.

Windows RT also comes with Office Home & Student 2013 Preview that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote so Office documents and has many of the same features available on Office Home & Student 2013 on PCs. The main difference between the two is that Windows RT is designed with mobility in mind so documents can be accessed on the go and saved to SkyDrive. When you aren’t using the built in wifi to connect to SkyDrive, you can still access your documents. And if you’re concerned about the fact that it is called Preview, don’t be. According to Microsoft,

“A special early edition, sometimes called a beta or preview, installed on your tablet before Office Home & Student 2013 RT testing was complete…After the final editions release, you’ll be automatically updated for free via Windows Update….Additional features may be added to the final edition of Office Home & Student 2013 RT”

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT features:

  • ClearType HD touchscreen delivers a crisp picture while being fingerprint resistant thanks to the anti-fingerprint coating
  • Full-size USB port
  • microSDXC memory card slot for storage
  • Two cameras (front and rear facing) for video chats or taking pictures
  • Great sound: stereo speakers, headset jack, volume control, dual microphones
  • Wireless: Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®

Resources:

  • Looking for more technical information about Microsoft Surface RT? Read the full tech specs.
  • To view the differences between Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro, this comparison chart is incredibly helpful.
  • Microsoft also recommends visiting the Surface site for additional resources. Additionally, Windows RT support is available and the Microsoft Community is also a good source of information about Surface..
  • Questions about Windows 8? Microsoft offers these support options.
  • Learn more about Office Home & Student 2013 Preview.
  • For those who are visual, love interesting virtual experiences, are style mavens, and enjoy knowing interesting tidbits about products, Microsoft’s Holiday Lookbook is definitely worth a look. Hovering over the images provides product info and tidbits while all of the products are shareable through social plugins.

Summary:

For PC users who have been resistant to getting an iPad, the Surface with Windows RT is a fine choice. The innovative engineering behind the Kickstand and thoughtful features such as the camera angle as well as the must-have Touch Cover make this a fantastic tablet to own. It’s certainly portable thanks to it’s size and weight but yet robust enough to function better than many laptops on the go.

If you’ve been waiting to hear more about Microsoft Surface Pro before making the jump to Surface, CNET noted that they were “impressed” with the Intel based machine that will run full Windows 8. For more information about Surface Pro, read Hands-on: Microsoft Surface Pro lives up to hype.

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT starts at $499 and is available at Microsoft Store retail locations and Microsoft’s 32 holiday pop up stores. Visit CNET for a list of Microsoft pop up store locations.

GIVEAWAY: Since Microsoft wants you to learn more about Surface, they’re providing a $200 gift card to the Microsoft Store!

Microsoft Surface Tablet w Touch Cover

Win it!

Having visited Microsoft Store locations in my area, I have to say that they’re a great place to get to know Surface and other Microsoft products such as Xbox or Windows Phone 8X by HTC since the store experience is all about hands on time with products and trying before you buy. It’s also a place where you can get your questions answered by experienced employees.

Enter to win a $200 gift card provided by Microsoft by using the Rafflecopter form below.

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I am a Microsoft Windows Champion and received the products mentioned in this post for review purposes but all opinions are my own. As a Windows Champion, I occasionally receive Microsoft products such as hardware, software, and accessories to assist me in developing content for my site. No compensation was received for this post or hosting a giveaway. Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post. Images courtesy of Microsoft.

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160 Comments

  1. Oanh H. January 14, 2013 at 12:27 am -

    I would use the money for the Surface.

  2. Oanh H. January 14, 2013 at 12:28 am -

    The Prudential center.

  3. SelfishMom January 14, 2013 at 12:30 am -

    I would absolutely buy a Surface with the gift card. I’m buying a Surface whether I win or not. :-)

    • Leticia January 14, 2013 at 12:42 am -

      I know you’ll love it! The Touch Cover is such a dream to type on! Now I want to get the stylus and brush pen like I saw at the NYC KidVuz event!

  4. SelfishMom January 14, 2013 at 12:33 am -

    I was playing with the Surface at a pop-up in the Time Warner Center. I think that’s the closest one to me.

  5. Asia Clayborne January 14, 2013 at 12:35 am -

    I would love to use it towards purchasing a Microsoft Surface Tablet!

  6. Asia Clayborne January 14, 2013 at 12:38 am -

    The nearest Microsoft specialty store near me is located in The St. Louis Galleria Mall!

  7. ellen beck January 14, 2013 at 1:02 am -

    I would likely get one of the artists mice and maybe a computer game for my husband . His old Age of the Empires wont work on win7

    • Leticia January 14, 2013 at 2:03 am -

      It definitely sounds like an upgrade would be much appreciated and there are so many great games to choose from!

  8. Curtis January 14, 2013 at 1:17 am -

    I’d buy Windows 8 Pro and upgrade my computers.

  9. Curtis January 14, 2013 at 1:21 am -

    University Village

  10. susan January 14, 2013 at 1:33 am -

    The Surface sounds awesome however I think I would get Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex ultra-portable drive.

  11. susan January 14, 2013 at 1:35 am -

    This is the message I received when I searched: We’re certain it’s a nice town, but at the moment there are no Microsoft Stores near you.

  12. Loni January 14, 2013 at 2:25 am -

    HTC 8x, or this tablet. Can’t decide

    • Leticia January 14, 2013 at 2:29 am -

      Hard choice! I have the HTX 8X and really like it so far! It has great sound thanks to Beats Audio!

  13. Rachel January 14, 2013 at 3:02 am -

    I would put it towards the Sony Vaio All in One.

  14. Rachel January 14, 2013 at 3:02 am -

    The closest store is Nashville, TN. 3 hours away. :(

    • Leticia January 14, 2013 at 3:22 am -

      Oh no! That’s far! Let’s hope a closer Microsoft Store location will open in 2013!

  15. Andrea January 14, 2013 at 8:40 am -

    My husband wants a Surface!

  16. Lisa Brown January 14, 2013 at 10:22 am -

    I would get the Creative Labs Inspire T12 Speakers for my laptop.

  17. Lisa Brown January 14, 2013 at 10:23 am -

    The closest store is over an hour’s drive from me, far.

  18. Sarah Kimmel {Tech4Moms} January 14, 2013 at 10:28 am -

    We are getting a Microsoft Store THIS year! I’m sooooo excited!

    • Leticia January 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm -

      That’s totally awesome and can only imagine how excited you are! We’re lucky to have a couple nearby and they’re fabulous!

  19. Heidi K. January 14, 2013 at 11:27 am -

    I would use the gift card to help purchase the Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet.

  20. Heidi K. January 14, 2013 at 11:30 am -

    The closest store to me is at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. That’s still three and a half hours away from where I live. I sure hope they open one closer in the near future!

  21. Rust January 14, 2013 at 11:51 am -

    I would apply it to the Surface.

  22. Rust January 14, 2013 at 11:53 am -

    the closest microsoft store to me is:

    126 Abbott Martin Road
    Nashville, TN 37215

  23. Mary Beth Elderton January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am -

    I want the new Surface!

  24. latanya January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am -

    windows pro

  25. latanya January 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm -

    in Atlanta, GA

  26. Mary Beth Elderton January 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm -

    The nearest store to me is at the St. Louis Galleria—awesome!

  27. Natalie U January 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm -

    Samsung smart PC
    pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

  28. Natalie U January 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm -

    Valley Fair Mall, San Jose CA

  29. MusingsfromMe/Jill January 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm -

    XBox games and a finance program like Quickbooks.

  30. MusingsfromMe/Jill January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm -

    Two pop-up stores…Columbia Mall or Montgomery Mall.

  31. MusingsfromMe/Jill January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm -

    Momontherun96 or Jill Berry or Musingsfromme on YouTube

  32. Tammy S January 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm -

    I would get the HP ENVY dv6-7221nr Notebook. Super Sweet!

  33. Jeanna January 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm -

    I would use it towards a new laptop!

  34. Tammy S January 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm -

    The closest to me is at Washingto Square Mall. Which is about 3 miles from me. I have been there several times to check out the Surface Tablets.

  35. Jeanna January 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm -

    The closet one is in Orlando, which is about 1 1/2 away!

  36. Pauline M January 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm -

    I would use it to get the Office Home and Business 2010 software for my laptop. I just started going back to school and this is becoming a must!

    • Leticia January 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm -

      Hi Pauline! I agree that it’s an important suite of products to have! I’ve heard that Microsoft has some new news about Office coming at the end of the month so stay tuned! :)

  37. Pauline M January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm -

    My nearest store is the City Creek Center downtown. It’s an easy train ride!

  38. Michelle Hudak January 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm -

    I’d buy Microsoft Office Home & Business 2010. My computer doesn’t have Office and I often need to update my powerpoint presentations and can only do it at work where I have Office.

  39. Michelle Hudak January 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm -

    The closest store to me is at Beachwood Place which is about 15 minutes from my house.

  40. Elena January 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm -

    Windows 8 Pro

  41. Mitch January 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm -

    I would but Windows 8 to upgrade all my computers!

  42. Mitch January 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm -

    I have a pop up store up the block in TImes Square, and the Time Warner Ctr in NYC!

    • Leticia January 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm -

      The store in Times Square beckons me when I come to NYC! It’s fabulous!

  43. Elena January 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm -

    the closest store is in San Diego

  44. Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) January 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm -

    I would buy a surface tablet!

  45. Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) January 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm -

    the closet microsoft store is at Southpark mall in Charlotte, NC 28211

  46. Maureen G January 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm -

    i would put it toward purchasing a Surface. I like everything that I have read and observed about the Surface

  47. Elis B. January 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm -

    I would purchase a surface

  48. Tammy Shelton January 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm -

    I would use it towards the purchase of a Surface Pro.

  49. Tammy Shelton January 14, 2013 at 2:56 pm -

    My nearest store is at the Florida Mall in Orlando.

  50. Christine W January 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm -

    I would use it toward buying a Surface…they look so cool!

  51. Christine W January 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm -

    Closest store to me is in Chicago

  52. Cassandra Eastman January 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm -

    I would love to use it to buy the Surface, but I might get the HP Photosmart 7510 e-All-in-One Printer because it looks great as well!

  53. Heather! January 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm -

    I really really really want to get a Surface for my hubby! I’m an iPad girl (though I’d love the Surface myself, I’m sure), and he doesn’t have a tablet yet. He is pretty intrigued by the Surface!

    (The HP Envy 23 Touchsmart would be pretty awesome, too…I loved your review of it a few weeks ago!)

    Thanks so much…this would go a good way toward that amazing gift!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  54. Heather! January 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm -

    The closest Microsoft store near me is in Cleveland, Ohio. That works. :)

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  55. Melanie January 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm -

    We are looking to get a netbook… Would you recommend the Surface instead?

  56. JD Northwest January 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm -

    I need a new hard drive for my XBox 360, but a Surface would be a blast too!

  57. Melanie January 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm -

    The closest one is downtown Chicago.

  58. betty January 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm -

    I would like the larger 11 inch Surface – the gift card would actually go towards accessories

  59. betty January 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm -

    There is a store in Bridgewater Commons mall here in NJ

  60. melissa t January 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm -

    Towards a Surface or an Xbox 360

  61. melissa t January 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm -

    The closest one to me is in Bridgewater NJ a little bit of a drive but well worth the trip.

  62. JD Northwest January 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm -

    My nearest Microsoft store is two blocks that way. Bellevue Square close.

  63. Melissa P. January 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm -

    I would purchase Office Home and Student 2010 for my sons laptop.

  64. Therese Green January 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm -

    I would love to get a surface!

  65. frank penczek January 15, 2013 at 12:38 am -

    I would purchase Office

  66. Tabathia B January 15, 2013 at 12:44 am -

    I would get the windows 8 pro or put towards the surface

  67. Jill H. January 15, 2013 at 3:26 am -

    I’d buy an Xbox 360 and be so excited to have an Xbox and a Surface!!

  68. Jill H. January 15, 2013 at 3:29 am -

    Oops, I misunderstood the post, you’re not giving away the Surface. That’s okay, though, I’d be thrilled with the Xbox! And the nearest store is about an hour away

  69. Meghan Finley January 15, 2013 at 4:42 am -

    I’d buy us window 8x phones. I’ve really been wanting one!

  70. Meghan Finley January 15, 2013 at 4:43 am -

    the closest one is Seattle I think

  71. aimee @ smilingmama January 15, 2013 at 11:29 am -

    I would LOVE to put that gift card toward a Surface. I was drawn in my the awesome commercials but really appreciate the facts and analysis of your review!

  72. Erica Mueller January 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm -

    I think I’d buy a Kinect and some kid-friendly games for our xbox 360!

  73. Erica Mueller January 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm -

    Hmmmn. We have a Microsoft Store 2 hours away, in Frisco.

    And now you know I like in po-dunkville

  74. Tina M January 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm -

    I’d get a Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet

  75. Asia Clayborne January 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm -

    I have had a windows phone before I liked it. I would consider it, but I am not in need of a new phone at the moment!

  76. Amanda Sakovitz January 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm -

    I would love to get a surface. I’ve wanted one for awhile.

  77. Amanda Sakovitz January 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm -

    Boston is the closest one

  78. Thomas Murphy January 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm -

    I would buy the surface

  79. Milcah January 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm -

    Probably the Surface, or at least see how much of a dent I could put in the overall cost.

  80. Milcah January 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm -

    Looks like my nearest is about an hour away in the city of Chicago.

  81. Daniela Tapia January 16, 2013 at 9:24 am -

    I would get the surface and instant Immersion French Complete Language Learning Collection…

  82. Daniela Tapia January 16, 2013 at 9:31 am -

    Wow nearest Microsft Store is An Hour Away from where i liveee…. :$ its in Orlando Fl

  83. Amanda @ High Impact Mom January 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm -

    Love this. I want the surface tablet so much!

  84. amy williams January 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm -

    Love love this I would put the $200 toward things to go with the surface this would be a dream for myself and my kids with the school work times are hard and I would never be able to get something like this.

  85. amy williams January 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm -

    149.8 mi, 2 hr 20 min driving

    2 hr 25 min with traffic

    Is the nearest Microsoft location from where I live

  86. Denice P January 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm -

    Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. I like that the keyboard is blacklit. Which for me would make it just a bit easier to type at night on the night. Thank you

  87. Denice P January 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm -

    The nearest Microsoft Store is in Park Meadows Mall in Denver Co. I live Pueblo Co, Is about 2 hrs away. It’s not close but its not to far either when we go out to the big city every now and then. I didn’t even know that there was one out this way.

  88. kim c January 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm -

    The ONLY thing I had on my christmas list was the Surface. I didn’t get it. So I would definitely appreciate a visit to the nearby Microsoft store!

  89. kim c January 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm -

    The nearest Microsoft store is very close to me at Bellevue Square Mall in Bellevue, WA.

  90. Nataly Carbonell January 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm -

    Lenovo Mulitimedia Remote with Keyboard N5902
    becasue we need one asap

    thanks :)

  91. Wanda McHenry January 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm -

    I would put it towards the Xbox 360 4 GB Kinect Holiday Bundle

  92. Wanda McHenry January 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm -

    No location near me: “We’re certain it’s a nice town, but at the moment
    there are no Microsoft Stores near you.”

  93. Brittany January 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm -

    My husband wants Office Home and Business 2010 so I would get him this. Thanks for the chance to win.

  94. Brittany January 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm -

    The closest store to me is Tysons Corner Center.

  95. Mel January 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm -

    I would get the Vivo.

  96. Alicia Schroeder January 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm -

    I would buy the surface, so cool :D

  97. courtney b January 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm -

    i’ve been wanting to buy a sony vaio forever!

  98. courtney b January 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm -

    closest store is 70st and camelback in scottsdale

  99. Will G January 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm -

    XBox 360!

  100. Will G January 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm -

    Chicago, IL

  101. kfloveinme January 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm -

    I would def get this Surface!

  102. kfloveinme January 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm -

    Time Warner Center – The Shops at Columbus Circle in NYC. That’s awesome!

  103. Jennifer Marie January 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm -

    my friend has a surface and it looked really neat-would probably get one!

  104. Kerri January 20, 2013 at 5:36 pm -

    I would use the money to put put toward the surface for my husbands birthday.

  105. Kerri January 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm -

    Bethesda or Columbia

  106. RunInBoise January 21, 2013 at 4:51 am -

    ASUS VivoBook X202E Touchscreen

  107. Stacey B January 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm -

    Id use it towards upgrading to Windows 8, and picture editing software

  108. Stacey B January 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm -

    The closest store to me is 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail
    Orlando, FL 32809

  109. Matej January 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm -

    I would buy Nokia Lumia 820

  110. Austin Baroudi January 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm -

    I would get the Xbox 360 4 GB Console with Skylanders Starter Kit!

  111. Austin Baroudi January 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm -

    The Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.

  112. Kenny F January 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm -

    Windows 8,

  113. Brandon Dithrich January 22, 2013 at 6:33 am -

    i would put it towards a surface i really want one! thanks for the chance to win

  114. Brandon Dithrich January 22, 2013 at 6:34 am -

    closest pickup store is ross park mall for me.

  115. Courtnie January 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm -

    Xbox 360 4 GB Console

  116. Courtnie January 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm -

    I don’t have a Microsoft store near me :( I think the closest one would be in Ohio.

  117. Mark Weflen January 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm -

    I’d purchase an Xbox 360 Kinect

  118. saminder gumer January 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm -

    i would use it to purchase a new Surface

  119. saminder gumer January 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm -

    the closest store is about 7 miles from me in a mall called the galleria.

  120. Lynette Mattke January 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm -

    Even though I am a big Apple fan, I think it is time for a Surface for me. THat’s what I’d use it toward.

  121. ellen beck January 23, 2013 at 2:47 am -

    The closest for me is in St Louis Mo.

  122. Cori Westphal January 24, 2013 at 12:00 am -

    I might get a Kinect for our Xbox!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  123. Cori Westphal January 24, 2013 at 12:02 am -

    There’s one in the Mall of America, about an hour from me!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  124. Dorothy Deakyne January 24, 2013 at 1:50 am -

    I’d purchase an Xbox 360 Kinect

  125. Dorothy Deakyne January 24, 2013 at 1:53 am -

    No location near me: “We’re certain it’s a nice town, but at the moment
    there are no Microsoft Stores near you.”

  126. Alfredo Reyes January 24, 2013 at 3:04 am -

    I want a Surface! Microsoft is coming back!

  127. Douglas Houston January 24, 2013 at 7:32 am -

    I would but Windows 8 to upgrade all my computers

  128. Douglas Houston January 24, 2013 at 7:35 am -

    Miami is the closest Microsoft store

  129. bobbie c. January 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm -

    I would purchase the Kinect plus some games.

  130. Nae January 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm -

    I would love to get a Surface tablet!

  131. Nae January 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm -

    My closest store is in Montgomery Mall :)

  132. Heather @OurKidsMom January 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm -

    I would put it towards a laptop for my daughter (heading to college)

  133. Heather @OurKidsMom January 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm -

    My nearest store is Oak Park Mall in Kansas

  134. Mel January 25, 2013 at 7:12 am -

    The nearest would be around California, but I must first hop on a plane.

  135. jeannine s January 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm -

    I would get windows 8 so I can upgrade everything

  136. jeannine s January 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm -

    My nearest store is in Toronto. lol

  137. Jennifer Marie January 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm -

    the closest is about 45 mins away Beachwood, OH 44122

  138. naomi c January 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm -

    i think i would take a look at the surface for sure!

  139. naomi c January 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm -

    closest store is actually in my local mall!

  140. Ellen B January 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm -

    xbox would be awesome

  141. Ellen B January 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm -

    closest would be 2 1/2 hours away

  142. linda brooks January 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm -

    The Windows Phone 8X by HTC Blue 16GB 4G LTE

  143. Linda Brooks January 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm -

    Aventura Mall (Aventura, FL) is the closest to me.

  144. Tami January 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm -

    My kids would love to have an XBOX.

  145. Tami January 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm -

    Bloomington, MN.. wow

  146. kelly g January 27, 2013 at 5:53 am -

    I would buy microsoft office

  147. Thomas Murphy January 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm -

    my nearest pop up store is South Shore Plaza (Braintree, MA)

  148. jay January 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm -

    i would use the GC to help me buy a windows phone!

  149. jay January 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm -

    nearest store is about 1 hour away

  150. Kenny F January 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm -

    The Prudential center.

  151. Kenny F January 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm -

    yep great phone

  152. Tabathia B January 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm -

    the closest location Streets at Southpoint (Durham, NC