Crowds jam Utah Microsoft store for opening, concert tickets

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Hundreds of people lined up inside City Creek Center Thursday to shop at Utah's first Microsoft Retail Store during its grand opening event, which featured giveaways, music and food.

Many also showed up at the downtown Salt Lake City location for free tickets to a concert set for 2 p.m. Saturday by the rock group Train at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. Gates will open at noon.

The new 3,500-square-foot space for gadget lovers, geeks and those searching for help with technical issues is in the Regent Court on the east side of the shopping mall (50 S. Main Street) on the ground level.

Microsoft's flagship product, the Surface computer tablet, is among the featured items, joined by mobile phones that run Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows Phone 8, and a line of laptops, ultrabooks and tablets that run Microsoft's latest operating system for computers, Windows 8.

Utah customers also got their first look the store's "Answer Desk" staffed with support technicians, and at a "community theater" of tables and benches where private training sessions with customers and group classes can be held for instruction on using Microsoft products. —

Microsoft Retail Store

The location's regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday . It is closed on Sundays.