Microsoft partners with Dell to offer digital downloads

Dell has announced today that it will begin to offer Microsoft's software exclusively at the Dell Download Store for U.S customers only. The exclusive deal makes Dell the first third party company to offer Microsoft's popular software lineup for digital download.

"With everyday savings plus on-demand access, the Dell Download Store addresses our customers' two main concerns: price and immediacy. In addition, downloading is a more environmentally friendly way to purchase and distribute software because there's no need for packaging material." said Geoff Surkamer, general manager of Dell's Global Digital Distribution.

The Dell Download store offers customers a "digital locker" which allows them to download previously purchased software for free. So if something goes wrong with your Windows installation and have to format without backing up your hard drive, you have easy access to your purchased software collection without all the hassle.

Currently the Dell Download Store only has Microsoft's office line up, such as Microsoft Office Small Business 2007, Microsoft Office Standard 2007, and so on. Prices are about 10% cheaper than purchasing hard copies directly from Microsoft. You can find other software at the Dell Download Store from companies like McAfee, Intuit, Webroot, and CA.

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U.S customers onlyU.S customers onlyU.S customers only

Geez why not just close up shop for rest of the world and on serve and operate for U.S customers only.

Digix said,
U.S customers only
U.S customers only
U.S customers only

Geez why not just close up shop for rest of the world and on serve and operate for U.S customers only.

This is probably because of export laws.

roadwarrior said,
Comment on this policy again when the BBC starts allowing US users to access iPlayer.

Same goes for all the US networks and sites like Hulu to make things available to the UK