PORTLAND -- It will be a big day for Microsoft Thursday because it's first full size store in Oregon will open at Pioneer Place.

The new store at the corner of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Yamhill Street downtown gets a proper grand opening at 10:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, the store threw open the windows for a sneak peak at what's in-store for PC fans.

Just a few months ago the space was a Macaroni Grill. Now Microsoft hopes folks will be hungry for its latest technology.

The 7,000 square foot space is clean, sleek, and minimalist. Everything there is hands-on.

There is a theater where community groups can meet for free. And also, free 15-minute consultations.

Customers can also play Xbox right on the video wall.

When the windows open Thursday, Microsoft will share $1.2 million in software grants with OMSI, Impact Northwest and Central City Concern.

To celebrate the grand opening, Weezer, a northwest favorite, will perform for the northwest company Friday at Pioneer Square.

The first 200 customers that come in get a wristband so they can go and see Weezer for a meet-and-greet and see their favorite band as well, David Dantes, manager of the Microsoft store.

Microsoft may be the new kid on the block, but just one block up, the rumored Apple store is still under construction.

After seven weeks of training, 45 full and part-time workers are ready for the grand opening.

KGW reporter Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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