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Screenshot of the Windows Marketplace Homepage.
Windows Marketplace, was a Microsoft platform for the delivery of software electronically that worked with Windows Marketplace and was secured by use of Windows Live ID. The digital locker platform was composed of four major components:
- Windows Marketplace catalog
- Multi merchant download cart
- Digital Locker Assistant (a client side application that facilitates the download of purchased applications)
- Digital Locker
For consumers, the digital locker and Windows Marketplace could be used for purchasing and downloading third party software titles compatible with Microsoft Windows, and then using that purchased software on any computer the software license allows. For software developers, the digital locker and Windows Marketplace could be a cost-effective channel for the distribution of their software titles.
A Windows Vista Ultimate Extra, called Secure Online Key Backup allowed backing up EFS recovery certificates, as well as the BitLocker recovery password in the Digital Locker. Windows Marketplace was only available for residents of the USA and some other countries.
On November 14, 2008, Microsoft announced that the Digital Locker will be shut down in 2009. Windows Marketplace will be drastically scaled back and people wishing to buy any Microsoft product will now have to go to the Microsoft Store, which will sell all items previously sold at Windows Marketplace.
A year after Microsoft introduced Windows Marketplace for Mobile, they announced their next generation mobile platform named Windows Phone. With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft completely revamped their mobile efforts and the Marketplace, introducing Windows Phone Marketplace.
Windows Store 
On September 13, 2011 in the //Build/ conference, Microsoft announced a new software distribution platform for Windows, called the Windows Store. The Windows Store would be supported on Windows 8 and higher, and it would list and distribute WinRT apps and Windows desktop apps. The Windows Store would interface with the user through a WinRT client for Windows that would help users find, download, and/or buy Windows applications. The user could also view the listing of apps through a web browser.
- Windows Marketplace
- Digital Locker information from Windows Marketplace
- Microsoft launches second retail site(broken link)
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