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Advantages of Download Software

Introduction

Download software, also known as downloadable software, is a type of software that is distributed as a digital download rather than physical media. For IT purchasers and end users, downloadable software can offer several advantages.

High Availability

Conventional distribution for software typically relies on optical media such as DVDs and CDs, which can be affected by stock and availability limitations. Downloadable software on the other hand does not have stock limitations and is available any time you need it, provided the content delivery network is online and accessible.

Reduced Cost

Digital distribution allows software publishers and developers to charge less for software, in part because of lower distribution costs for them. Manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of physical media all contribute to making traditional distribution more costly. In addition, digital distribution allows developers to bypass publishers and market directly to end users and purchasers.

Ease of Replacement

Download software can re-downloaded should you ever accidentally delete or lose an installation file due to drive failure. In addition, you can back up the installation files to physical media should you require a physical copy.

Ease of Installation

Installing software on multiple computers with a DVD or CD can be a time-inefficient process, especially if you have a limited number of discs and many computers. With download software, it is possible to run install software onto multiple computers simultaneously. In addition, some ultra-portable computers such as Ultrabooks and mini / booksize PCs do not have built-in optical drives and benefit greatly from digital distribution and download software.