More than 5,000 people are expected to attend when the Microsoft Store opens Thursday at Garden State Plaza. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will perform at 7 p.m. at the mall to help celebrate the opening. Gates open for the concert at 5 p.m. Customers who show up to the 11 a.m. grand opening ceremony have a chance to win giveaways including free tickets to the concert. The Garden State Plaza location is the third Microsoft store in New Jersey. The 3,744 square-foot store will sell Microsoft devices like the Surface and Windows Phone as well as computers running the Windows operating system from brands like Samsung and Dell. Workers can provide technical support for any products running Microsoft software, even Apple products. “If you’re running Office on Mac, we’ll train you,” Peter Harrington, northeast marketing manager for Microsoft, said. “We don’t care where you bought it, we don’t care when you bought it, we don’t care who made it,” added Jonathan Adashek, a spokesman for the company. The store will employ 53 workers, from store leader Mike Mercandino to the part-time product advisors on the sales floor. Customers will be able to pre-order the newly announced Surface Pro 3. As part of the grand opening, Microsoft is giving $1 million to local organizations Children’s Aid and Family Services, the Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties and Bergen Family Center.
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