By Jacob Siegal

It’s not every day that we get to write about lines out the door at Microsoft retail stores around the country, but today isn’t quite like any other day.

On Monday, Microsoft officially launched the Surface Pro 4 tablet and its first ever laptop — the Surface Book.

Based on all of the pre-release hype, it’s not all that surprising to see consumers anxious to get their hands on the slick new Surface devices, but we would never have predicted such a huge reaction.

Over at Windows Central, readers have been sending in photos from retail stores around the country where fans are lined up to buy (or at least test out) one of the new Surface devices. And we know they’re lining up for Surface, because when was the last time you saw anyone lined up outside of a Microsoft Store?

It’s also worth noting that the Surface Book is already sold out online, so unless you’re willing to wait 4-5 weeks for the next shipment to arrive, you’re going to have to leave your home to find one.

Tom’s Guide Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer trekked over to the grand opening of the 5th Avenue location in New York City as well to snap a few pictures, and although it’s not quite comparable to what you might see on iPhone launch day, it’s still an impressive crowd, especially for devices in the $1,000+ range.

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By Christina Medici Scolaro

Microsoft’s big event on Tuesday is expected to showcase a full range of devices that run across the tech giant’s new, flagship operating system, Windows 10.

An updated Surface Pro tablet will be unveiled. With a 14-inch display, the new Surface is expected fit into the growing product category of laptop-tablet hybrids.

Microsoft is also expected to unveil two new versions of its Lumia phones. The handsets have a new feature called Continuum.

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Microsoft is getting rid of a controversial employee ranking system hoping to encourage the development of more products consumers want, according to the company.

“These changes will encourage greater speed, creativity and teamwork to help us bring innovation to market faster and better serve our customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC.

The nixed system, which evaluated employees on a curve, identified the top performers, the lowest performers and the employees that fall into the middle of that spectrum. In some cases, the worst performers could be fired, and the fear of falling into that could hurt company morale and potentially pit employees against each other.

“It’s really important, I think, to judge on a curve to know who your top performers are, but on the other hand I think it could wind up making a lot employees devalued and that’s really not a good thing when you’re trying to foster a culture of innovation,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief of however…

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