Previously Microsoft only sold Windows operating system and Office business productivity suites on packaged or boxed discs, or pre-loaded and pre-installed on new computers ordered. The sales of upgrade editions of Windows Vista and full versions of the 2007 Microsoft Office release at Windows Marketplace Virtual Shelves will be through Microsoft retail partners at suggested retail price, and the software (officially only Windows Vista upgrade editions is only available, but complete version can be purchased online via merchants such as Amazon and Software media too, although it’s unsure whether you can download complete version directly) that can be purchased and downloaded directly include:
- Windows Vista Business
- Windows Vista Home Basic
- Windows Vista Home Premium
- Windows Vista Ultimate
- Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
- Microsoft Office Professional 2007
- Microsoft Office Standard 2007
Windows Vista editions offered through Windows Marketplace are available in English only, in either 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Customers can download these large programs very fast its digital locker technology. Digital locker combines the immediacy of downloaded software with the security features of owning physical media like a DVD. By using digital locker, your purchased software and license keys are stored online online, with digital locker assistant which is a free desktop client done the downloads of software to your PC with ability to resume downloads when interrupted, and manages the software installers on your PC. Digital locker assistant also makes your software available anytime, including when you are offline.
But before you purchase the upgrade edition of Windows Vista, check out if your hardware to run the new operating system properly.
Update: Windows Marketplace has been discontinued in 2009, succeeded by Microsoft Store and Windows Store.