October 10, 2011 3:13 pm

Tech Tuesday Live Twitter Chat from the Microsoft Store with IE #win7tech

I have to admit that I’m interested in shopping and have spent a lot of my life in malls, department stores, boutiques and my computer looking for the best deals, the hottest shoes (hello, hello 5” stilettos) and gifts for my huge family (all 8 of us…). So, I was super excited when the opportunity came up to work with Microsoft Store on a Tech Tuesday Live Twitter Chat. If you haven’t been to one of the stores, let me tell you they are awesome. There is tons of cool gear, giant screens that surround the entire store and really smart, friendly reps. You might remember when I went there to meet Rob Dyrdek.

You’ll find all kinds of technology products, from software to Xbox 360 and Kinect games to Windows Phones. You can even get customized PC and phone covers. For this holiday season, the really hot gifts are PCs. But with all the info out there, it can be tough to find the perfect one. Microsoft Stores actually do a lot of the work for you. Every PC on display has been hand-picked from the top brands—so you don’t have to spend hours on research. It’s kind of like having a personal technology shopper. The PCs also get what’s called the “Signature” treatment… a software-and-services package that gets you better performance right out of the box.

Join us at the Microsoft Store!

Buying a PC can come with a lot of about questions about security though. We’ve been talking about this a lot lately and you might remember how Monica Villa (The Online Mom) joined our chat a few weeks ago to discuss just that. In addition to upgrading to the latest version of Windows (Windows 7), running anti-virus, and keeping your computer up to date, you also need a modern browser. So to chat through how the browser can help keep your new PC safe, the Internet Explorer Team will join our discussion about purchasing new PCs.

To participate:

o Join us from 12-1 PT (3-4 ET) on Twitter

o Follow the hashtag #win7tech

o Follow @windows @kristinalibby, @brandonleblanc, @benthepcguy, @microsoftstore, @daniellaycock, @ie and @windowsblog to make sure you get the whole picture.

We look forward to having you join us. As always, please ask questions in the comments section below or pre-tweet them to us on Twitter. For full legal Terms and Conditions, check out this link.

Note we will only be talking about the outlined topic each week and we will not be answering questions outside those topics. Questions for this week may include: Does Microsoft Store carry my favorite PC line? What does IE9 protect against? How malicious is malware? What’s the best PC of the holiday season?