Microsoft is Discontinuing Digital Locker

Mary Jo Foley of All About Microsoft talks about Microsoft discontinuation of Digital Locker, Vista’s built in storage management solution for software titles and product licensing bought through Windows Marketplace.

Quote : Microsoft has sent a note on December 11 to registered Marketplace customers alerting them of its plans to discontinue Digital Locker. From the note:

Dear Digital Locker Customer,

This is to notify you that on November 20, 2008 Windows® Marketplace  transitioned from an e-commerce site to a reference site. On Windows Marketplace you will find links to sites such as Microsoft Store, Windows Vista® Compatibility Center, and other destinations with compatible software, hardware and devices that support Microsoft platforms.  As part of this transition, the digital locker service affiliated with Windows Marketplace will be closed in August, 2009.

Read the entire post here

I personally have never used the service, but it seemed like a good idea. I don’t know if Microsoft is working on anything better. But the link to Digital Locker usually found under the Task Pane in Programs and Feature in Vista is not available in Windows 7, so it looks like this decision was made a long time ago.


Windows Marketplace Frequently Asked Questions page.


Filed under Windows Vista

85 responses to “Microsoft is Discontinuing Digital Locker

  1. Paracelsus

    Aha, interesting. Seems, Microsoft is slowly giving up the "Cloud" to its largest vendors still out there, including Apple, Amazon or to some extent (I wouldn\’t call their App Marketplace full scale yet) Google… 😉

  2. Andre

    Then again, Partners is what makes Microsoft such a powerful Company. If you can outsource some of these experiences to third party\’s, it creates more opportunities and more people selling your products and services, not the competition.

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