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Microsoft just threw a secret geek party in New York, and we were there to crash it

NEW YORK — Microsoft just threw an epic geek party in New York Metropolis to have a good time its latest hardware launch. The occasion wasn’t introduced forward of time and was solely open to choose Microsoft tremendous followers. However GeekWire was in a position to get in and witness the festivities, full with customized 3D printed Halo collectible figurines, online game tournaments, HoloLens demonstrations and — in fact — an open bar.

We first heard concerning the party when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella tweeted a photograph of himself with the DJ.

Wonderful party in NYC tonight with Home windows followers & @ThaviusBeck mixing on @Surface E-book #Windows10devices

Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) October 7, 2015

We raced over, however Nadella and different Microsoft executives were gone by the point we confirmed up. However the disappointment didn’t final lengthy.

The entire party — which was held in New York’s Moynihan Station the place Microsoft unveiled a slew of recent units just hours earlier — was an absolute techie playground.

All the corporate’s new units, together with Microsoft’s first ever laptop, were available and open for folks to play with. They even had a digital driving vary setup to check the golf app on the brand new Microsoft Band.

The gaming space was setup in one nook, giving the followers a likelihood to play Halo 5 and really feel the yet-to-be-released Xbox Elite Wireless Controller in their fingers.

In one other nook I discovered a Floor Hub setup, the place one of many followers was busy writing math equations as dance music pumped in the background.

There was a discrete door off to the aspect labeled “HoloLens Demo Examine-in,” however I used to be instructed I wanted a ticket after I tried to get into that room. There was a headset nonetheless on show from the press occasion early in the day, however it was fairly intently guarded. I’ll maintain my fingers crossed for higher luck subsequent time.

As an alternative, I jumped on a stationary bike with a blender hooked up to make myself a margarita earlier than heading over to the photograph sales space to perpetually commemorate the event.

My final cease was to the “Create your individual spartan” station, the place I designed a customized character to be 3D printed someday later. I’m anticipating my “Geeks Rule” figurine to present up in the mail any day now.

Final name got here a little earlier than midnight and that’s about when issues began to decelerate. I adopted the group out the doorways and onto the streets of New York Metropolis, formally closing out the most important day Microsoft has seen in fairly a whereas.

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