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Microsoft turned the Nokia Theatre into a pre-launch party, with music, drinks and food for the 1,000+ attendees who were invited to the January 29 event.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took to the launch stage, as did CEO Steve Ballmer, and addressed the New York Vista launch crowd.
On January 30, the first day Vista went on sale, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visited the Best Buy store on Fifth Avenue to help launch the product. I couldn't get anywhere near Ballmer, but he's in the midst of the crowd (consisting of more TV crews members and reporters than customers) somewhere.