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Take a tour of Microsoft's first store in Canada

On Friday, Canada's first Microsoft store opened to the public with a big two-day ceremony featuring a concert by Train and the chance to play video games with Wayne Gretzky, in Toronto's Yorkdale mall.

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Employees celebrate and give high-fives as they enter the first Microsoft store in Canada on Thursday. The store in Toronto’s Yorkdale mall opened to the public on Friday.

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Microsoft has 30 stores in the United States, but the Yorkdale location is the first of its kind in Canada.

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The store opened to the public on Friday with a big two-day ceremony featuring a concert by Train and the chance to play video games with Wayne Gretzky.

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Employees wear colourful t-shirts with logos for XBox, the new Windows phone, and the new Surface tablet.

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More than 70 employees have been hired at the store.

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The Yorkdale location is 6,800 square feet.

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Every screen in the store, from laptops to the massive screens on the walls, is touch-sensitive.

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A display corner with Christmas balls momentarily displayed on the large screens that are on almost every wall of the store.

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The store features many accessories for the new Surface tablet as well as other Microsoft products.

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A a corner of the store is dedicated to gaming, and XBox specifically.

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Perhaps on a video game is the only place Toronto fans will see the Toronto Maple Leafs play this season.

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Store manager, Alison Evans, and Eastern U.S. market manager, Peter Harrington.

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The new Microsoft Surface has plenty of central display space.

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A demo of the new Windows 8.

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Store manager, Alison Evans, prepares for the grand opening.

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Shoppers line up for the opening of the first international Microsoft Store in Toronto on Friday.

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Microsoft Canada president Max Long greets the first shoppers at opening of the first international Microsoft Store on Friday.

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Employees greet the first shoppers at the opening of the first international Microsoft Store in Toronto on Friday.

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