Thousands line up for the 40th and 41st Microsoft retail store openings in Oregon and Illinois

The following is a post from Jonathan Adashek, General Manager, Communications and Strategy, Sales & Marketing Services Group at Microsoft

The excitement was at an all-time high as more than 2,000 customers lined up in celebration of the 40th and 41st Microsoft retail store openings at Pioneer Place in Portland, Oregon, and Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, over the weekend. Fans gathered in the early mornings to celebrate the store openings, taking the Bing It On Challenge, trying out Windows 8, and participating in the Microsoft product raffles.

Both stores were packed with customers trying out the latest products including Windows 8 PCs, Surface and Xbox 360. Weezer helped kick off the Microsoft retail store openings with packed concerts for the local communities.

Check out some photos and tweets from the openings below.

The first fans in line for the Microsoft retail store opening at Pioneer Place.

Vahé Torossian, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) Group, welcomes customers and partners to the grand opening of the Microsoft retail store at Pioneer Place.

Customer @superkyran tweets about camping out overnight for the Microsoft retail store opening at Pioneer Place. The grand opening line that started to form on Wednesday night ended up wrapping an entire city block.

Microsoft at Woodfield Mall employees celebrate the curtain drop at the store opening.

Woodfield Mall Microsoft retail store fan lines up for the store opening to upgrade tablets.

Microsoft retail store fan @kpenaflor101 shares some grand opening love for the Pioneer Place opening.

Weezer puts on a celebratory show to a packed house of Microsoft retail store customers in Portland, Oregon.

@b_rice_b was the lucky winner of a signed Weezer guitar at the Microsoft retail store opening.

Microsoft retail store fan@TweetThisLisa wins a Weezer raffle prize at the Woodfield Mall opening.

Microsoft retail store associates watch as a customer takes the Bing It On challenge during the Microsoft retail store opening celebrations.

Weezer tweeted about their free concert for the opening of the Microsoft retail store in Portland, Oregon.