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Microsoft opens online store with downloads

updated 08:55 am EST, Fri November 14, 2008

Microsoft Online Store

Addressing a gap in its site versus Apple and others, Microsoft has opened up the simply-titled Microsoft Store. The site marks the first online location for the company to sell Office and individual apps, Windows, peripherals such as mice, and all Xbox 360 hardware and software in one place; it also brings in factory-stock Zunes that would normally be left to the company's Zune Originals page. Every app or device gets the same level of support as if it were bought elsewhere, Microsoft says.

Notably, some apps are also available as direct downloads, including most versions of Office 2007 as well as Expression. Transfers are currently limited to Windows apps, though Office for Mac is available through the store.

The US store is open immediately alongside German, Korean and UK editions. Stores for France, Japan, Netherlands and Spain will be available in the near future while other countries will be covered "throughout the year."

by MacNN Staff



  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The array of software options is quite befuddling. they should study the implications of KISS.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A place to go to buy things I don't want or need...

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You don't. When was the last time you didn't use Office?
    It's one thing to be a fan of someone or something but the way so many Mac fans act it almost makes one embarrassed about owning Mac stuff...

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah but...

    I have Office on my Mac at home, but both of my laptops (Windows & Linux) have OpenOffice on them.

  1. Tofino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mac friendly? wow!

    surprisingly... it works in safari! didn't expect that...
    no store for canada of course...

    looks like they studied apples online store very carefully.

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