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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Microsoft to Sell Vista and Office Via Download

Starting January 30th, for the first time ever in the history of mankind, Microsoft will violate everything they used to believe in and will allow consumers to download the new versions of their Windows and Office suites of products directly online.

By doing this, Redmond has finally decided to follow the path that most software manufacturers have already taken. Let's just hope that they do the same for the rest of their important products soon. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could get their hands on a desired piece of software the minute they need it? Something like this would be particularly interesting for businesses that sometime need to acquire a product in a rush. I can certainly recall a few situations where a direct download would have saved me from the ire of an uncomprehending client.

With this unexpected move, is Microsoft paving the way to a future Dell-like market for their own software? I think I'm already hearing the outraged screams of many third-party vendors echoing from the near future.



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