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Microsoft's Signature PC Collection - The tools to get 'er done!

When you order a new PC from either the online Microsoft store or through one of the Microsoft Retail locations, you are given the option to make that PC into a Microsoft Signature PC. What that means is you'll be able to have it fitted and installed with the necessary tools and programs to get you up, running and productive quickly. The idea is that you should be able to go home, plug in the PC, start 'er up and begin working.

Now practically all of this software you can download on your own later if you choose. Yet, if you have the time (either to wait in shipping or wait while in the store), these programs will be installed on your machine for you.

Also note the information below comes to you via the Microsoft online store...

So what do you find in a Microsoft Signature PC?

Microsoft Signature PCs come with full versions of the software you need, pre-configured and ready to run.* Included are:

Internet Explorer 8

Surf the Internet faster, safer, and more easily than ever before

Windows Media Center

Preconfigured home entertainment shell allowing users to watch/record TV and download videos/shows on PC, manage pictures, movies, music, play stored media from TV and handset; additional configuration included

Internet TV Update for Media Center

Software update which enables TV playback on PC

Playready PC Runtime (for WMC) Allows access to play-ready content

Microsoft Security Essentials

Automatically updated software that protects against malware, spyware, virus, worms, and other threats to your security

Microsoft Silverlight

Software for delivering rich Web applications similar to Adobe Flash; Web application run-time

Adobe Flash Player for IE

Software for viewing Shockwave Flash (SWF) animations and movies using Internet Explorer

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Software for viewing PDF documents

Bing 3D Maps

3D mapping program for Bing Maps

Zune 4.0

Music, video, FM radio, and podcast player; provides access to Zune marketplace for music and TV shows

Live ID Sign-in Assistant

Software utility to link Windows account with Live ID

Windows Live Essentials

Windows Live Call

Allows users to make PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone voice and video calls

Windows Live Family Safety

Software for controlling and monitoring online activities of children

Windows Live Mail

E-mail client successor to outlook and windows mail; includes Calendar, Contacts, Feeds, Newsgroups

Windows Live Messenger

Instant Messaging, calling, and video chat program

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Photo-management software

Windows Live Writer

Blog-publishing software

Microsoft Office Live Add-In

Software allowing MS office programs to save files to and access files from a shared online workspace

Windows Live Sync

File-synchronization program

Windows Live Movie Maker

Movie-making software

Windows Live Toolbar

Web browser toolbar to facilitate connection with Windows Live

*Software may vary from manufacturer’s original software provided.