Microsoft is to take a step into online sales this week when it sells a program both as a download and shrink-wrapped in US stores.
According to The Washington Post, the new Plus Digital Media Edition for Windows XP will also be the first time Microsoft has required product activation for a downloadable program.
Introduced with Windows XP, product activation ties a purchased copy of a program to a single machine.
The Plus package enhances XP's multimedia capabilities.
A 'photo story' tool creates dynamic slide shows, and other tools allow users to add special effects to home movies.
A 'Sync & Go' function synchronises web content with Pocket PC handheld organisers.
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