Microsoft opens first flagship store outside US in Sydney
MICROSOFT has opened a two-storey, 6000 square metre flagship store in Sydney to show off Windows 10, new Surface devices, fitness wearables, Microsoft Lumia, Signature Edition PCs, Xbox One, Office and accessories.
The store is the first outside of North America and is designed to allow customers to play with new products and even walk around the store with them.
Pip Marlow, managing director, Microsoft Australia said: "This is a key part of our commitment to delivering a truly interactive retail experience that gives customers, partners and community organisations the opportunity to see, experience and do great things, all made possible by Microsoft technology."
The Sydney Flagship includes an Answer Desk - a one-stop shop for technical questions, troubleshooting and repairs for Microsoft hardware, software and services - regardless of device or where it was purchased.
A community theatre allows gadget fans to immerse themselves in new technology, learn and engage with experts.
Customers can check out the new Surface devices, such as the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 and the new fitness wearable, Microsoft Band 2, which went on sale for the first time on Thursday.
The store features high-definition video walls and digital signage streaming videos, images and information.
There are more than 178 digital panels throughout the store with 38 different video feeds.
All digital screens are 1080p resolution, delivering more than 2 million image pixels through the store.
Microsoft also announced it would donate a total of AUD$4.8 million in software and technology grants to 11 not-for-profit organisations making a difference in Sydney, and across Australia.
Recipients include The Smith Family, Mission Australia, Service to Youth Council, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, YMCA, YWCA, United Way, Reach, Girls & Boys Brigade, WAYS Youth Services and AEISEC.