Downloading new versions of Windows or Office shortly after their release—or even before—might be a common practice among software pirates, but more law-abiding users are generally forced to drive down to the store to get their copies. That’s going to change with Windows Vista and Office 2007, though. Microsoft has announced that it will make retail versions of the two software packages available for download from its Windows Marketplace website on January 30, the same day as the official retail launch.
Users will be able to purchase and download Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, Vista Business, and Vista Ultimate in either 64-bit or 32-bit versions, albeit in English only. Available versions of Office will include Office Home and Student 2007, Office Standard 2007, and Office Professional 2007. All downloadable packages will cost the same as their retail counterparts.