"Say Thanks to Mom" Event at the Microsoft Store (With a Reader Giveaway)

Earlier this week I attended a FUN “Say Thanks to Mom” event at the Microsoft Store at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.  Not only did I enjoy meeting up with other great Minnesota bloggers, I learned a lot about Microsoft products that I feel like I SHOULD have known, but I didn’t.

If you have a Microsoft Store in your area and you haven’t taken a visit, check it out.  The stores have all the latest Microsoft products on display and you can actually use them to see what they have to offer.  Plus, the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable (at least at OUR Microsoft Store, but I would hope it’s the case at all locations).

We started our day by checking out some of the latest and greatest new products.  I though the ASUS ZENBOOK was pretty awesome.  It’s small and light enough to fit in a large purse but still really powerful (definitely on my wish-list).  Also very cool are the All-In-One computers like the HP TouchSmart – no big tower to clutter up your home office and you can maneuver just by touching the screen, although you’re free to switch over to the mouse at any time.

We then moved on to software features.  I use Windows 7, as I’m sure many of you do, and there are so many cool things that are built in and FREE that I am kind of mad at myself for not using yet.  Kristina from Microsoft showed us amazing things to do with Windows Live MovieMaker, Windows Live Photo Gallery and Microsoft Paint.  They each can be used to make personalized movies, cards or other keepsakes perfect for Mom for Mother’s Day or at any time. (Take a 10-second break from reading this and hit the Windows Start Icon at the bottom of your screen and click “All Programs” to see that you already have these features!)

Two other things that were brand new to me and I’m really excited about are Windows SkyDrive and Windows LiveWriter. With SkyDrive you can store, access, and share files, photos, and Microsoft Office docs for FREE online. Just a week or so ago I was complaining that I really needed to find another place to store photos. I have them backed up on shared storage at home, as well as a copy on my laptop, but I wanted another place OUTSIDE of our house…just in case. Now I can keep photos there and have easy access to sharing them. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m excited to start using Windows LiveWriter for my blog posts. Several other bloggers at the event use it and they raved about it.

All-in-all it was a great event.  I learned a bunch and had fun.  We ended the day by getting some super goodies.  I’m going to share one of them with a lucky Thrifty Jinxy reader. There is a new Studio Series Limited Edition collection of the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500. It features lots of different exclusive colors and/or pattern choices.

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Thrifty Jinxy reader will win the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition in White Gloss. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 6/4/12.

a Rafflecopter giveaway You need javascript enabled to see this giveaway.Disclosure: I was a guest of Microsoft at this event and received product to review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Windows SkyDrive and Windows LiveWriter!

  2. HP TouchSmart looks pretty cool!

  3. HP touchsmart

  4. All-In-One computers like the HP TouchSmart

  5. HP Touchsmart looks pretty cool.

  6. All “mice” should be made wireless from now on!!

  7. The All-In-One computers like the HP TouchSmart, really appeal to me. 🙂 (Loved your enthusiastic review)
    jaquerichards at yahoo dot com

  8. i learned about skydive

  9. I’am loving the idea of the Windows SkyDrive. Sounds amazing.

  10. I like the autocorrect features.

  11. I like the ASUS ZENBOOK.

    Jennifer Hedden

  12. I like the it is wireless

  13. noreply@blogger.com' Anonymous says:

    Love it

  14. HP TouchSmart is awesome!! 🙂

  15. noreply@blogger.com' Ann Fantom says:

    I would like to get my daughter a Xbox 360

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  16. i like that microsoft products are fairly intuitive

  17. I like the wireless feature.

  18. I like that Microsoft keeps consumers in mind and makes user friendly products that don’t take years to learn how to operate.

  19. noreply@blogger.com' John Stetson says:

    I think that Windows Sky Drive might be a really handy idea.

  20. HP touchsmart!

  21. the SkyDrive sounds great

  22. i like the hp touchsmart

  23. noreply@blogger.com' Anonymous says:

    Windows LiveWriter sounds handy and useful
    Thank you 4 the entry in this awesome giveaway 🙂
    jmahurin40 🙂

  24. I like the HP TouchSmart.

  25. noreply@blogger.com' Anonymous says:

    The HP Touchsmart is awesome… and I’m a big windows 7 fan…


  26. I love wireless mouses!

  27. noreply@blogger.com' Anonymous says:

    i love the windows software its on my pc xbox and phone 🙂

  28. I love WINDOWS, especially because it is the only one that I know how to use.

    Thank you,

    Christine W

  29. I like th HP touchsmart and I love windows because I have been using it since the begining and it is smooth and easy

  30. HP TouchSmart is awesome.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  31. I love the wireless feature!

  32. noreply@blogger.com' Anonymous says:

    The Skydive

  33. the wireless feature.

  34. Windows Skydrive! Thanks!
    omegadoom1 at gmail dot com

  35. The ASUS Zenbook sounds like a good deal!

  36. Skydrive sounds awesome and really easy.
    Amanda S
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  37. The ASUS ZENBOOK sounds interesting–I like the idea of it fitting into a purse.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

  38. noreply@blogger.com' Anonymous says:

    ms products are very universal & compatible!

  39. I like the Microsoft Office. I have used it many many times. Thank you


  40. noreply@blogger.com' Anonymous says:

    I wish i could afford a touch pc! I like that this mouse is wireless!

  41. I am going to check out windows paint in just a few minutes. Thanks for making me aware of this feature.

  42. Learning how to use Microsoft Paint better sounds amazing. I am so bad at it!

  43. noreply@blogger.com' Katie R. says:

    The HP TouchSmart sounds neat.

  44. Windows skydrive sounds awesome


  45. I could use another mouse and the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 sounds like a ggod one.
    kathyluman@gmail dot com

  46. noreply@blogger.com' Daniel M says:

    wireless is a must! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  47. The autocorrect feature

  48. Windows SkyDrive sounds good to me!

  49. noreply@blogger.com' Anonymous says:

    Windows Live MovieMaker! I’ve been wanting to play around with it and see what it can do. Thanks!
    pjgirl74 at aol dot com

  50. I am very interested in the ASUS ZENBOOK you mentioned. It’s just what I would like to have.


  51. noreply@blogger.com' michealgrim says:

    i like that its wireless

  52. The Microsoft SkyDrive sounds terrific – it would be much easier than using a thumb drive to transfer Office files between home and work, that’s for sure!

    Geoff K

  53. I like the HP TouchSmart!

  54. I like the HP Touchsmart


    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

  55. I would love to try the HP TouchSmart!


  56. I like the Windows SkyDrive idea.

  57. I love the HP Touchsmart!

    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

  58. the HP touchsmart sounds really cool

  59. I like the HP Touchsmart

  60. HP Touch Smart sounds really handy

  61. I’d like to see what the Windows Live Photo Gallery has to offer.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  62. Touchsmart…very cool

  63. love the autocorrect!

    marygardner49 at aol dot com

  64. I lost my laptop mouse and this will be a great replacement. (I don’t like using the track pad)
    Thanks for the contest.

  65. I think the ASUS zenbook sounds cool.


  66. HP Touchsmart looks cool!

  67. The feature I like is the HP Touchsmart.

    ginaferrell3 at yahoo dot com

  68. I like how microsoft is having win 8 a tablet like device!

  69. Windows Live Photo Gallery.

  70. The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 interest me the most! I love the design! I lose so many mouse by my cats chewing the chords. I would love to own a wireless!

  71. I like the HP TouchSmart!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOTnet

  72. I like the sky drive idea!

  73. I like the sky drive!

  74. what I like about MS products are they are well made and the software is not buggy

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  75. I love microsoft products. would love to win.

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