The holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue are a 60 year New York holiday tradition. Tourists and New Yorkers alike swarm the streets to catch a glimpse of the ornate and festive decorations with every holiday season. This year, Saks Fifth Avenue collaborated with Microsoft Windows 7 to create and power an interactive experience in the iconic display. Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth, and Staten Island’s growing stars, The P.S. 22 Chorus were on hand to sing and celebrate the unveiling of the new display.
The window display brings to life scenes from Saks’ holiday children’s book, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Flake” – the story of a snowflake named Twinkle. More than 20 video monitors provided by Microsoft and powered by Windows 7 help animate some of the book’s key scenes, while a voiceover of the book is audible to passersby.
Upstairs on the 8th and 9th floors of Saks are Windows 7 Lounges, where customers can take a rest and give the new Windows 7 operating system a test run, as well as instantly tweet messages to the holiday window display. Tweeters around the world can also get in on the action by tweeting with the hash tag #holidaywindows.
I got my first opportunity to try out Windows 7, which is great, because I am a PC user (and what?!) I’m definitely going to check it out more thoroughly, as I am concerned about how it will interact with the DJ software and other programs I use, since it is so new, so when I can afford an upgrade I will most likely do it, because they promise it starts faster, and that is one of my biggest gripes about my current Windows Vista install.
In the video below, catch the famous P.S. 22 Chorus singing “Joy To The World” “Halo” and “Run This Town” while Kristin Chenoweth Sings “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and they make it snow on the crowd!
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