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October 21, 2011 at 6:50 AM

Microsoft hosting Windows Phone parties around U.S.

Hey, if bands like The Black Keys and OneRepublic can draw people to a Microsoft store, then maybe bands like Matt and Kim and The Drums can entice people to Windows Phone parties.

Or so Microsoft hopes.

It’s hosting parties in five U.S. cities in November and December, complete with indie bands and “good eats from top local chefs,” to promote new Windows Phone handsets such as the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S, according to the official Windows Phone blog.

Given Windows Phone’s emphasis on integrating social media, it’s a given that those who want to attend the free parties have to reserve tickets through, natch, Facebook.

Taking the social media emphasis a step farther, Microsoft is also apparently giving away free Windows Phones to 500 people — but only if they have Klout scores of 55 or above, according to WinRumors. (Klout purports to measure people’s social media influence, giving them scores from 1 to 100.)

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