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Microsoft Secure Content Downloader July 2007 CTP

The Microsoft Secure Content Downloader (MSCD) is a peer-assisted download manager capable of securely downloading specific files. MSCD is intended for consumers who are downloading from a home PC, or business users whose computers are not behind a corporate firewall. If you use MSCD from behind a corporate firewall, you may be unable to download content, and may adversely affect other clients’ ability to download content.

Main features of the MSCD are:

  • Secure content description
    • Each file available for download has a secure description, ensuring the content you download is exactly what the publisher published.
  • Scalable performance
    • MCSD is a peer-assisted technology. Each client downloads content by exchanging parts of the file they’re interested in with other clients, in addition to downloading parts from the server.
      • No matter how great the internet’s demand for the file, you will always be able to make progress downloading.
      • MSCD lets you download content more quickly than possible without peer assistance.

This version of MSCD is a Community Technology Preview, and will only allow you to obtain current Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2. Since it is a Community Technology Preview, additional information related to MSCD’s performance and network transactions — including your machine name and IP addresses — may be logged to help evaluate and improve MSCD performance.

The MSCD CTP is scheduled to run for no more than four weeks, expiring as early as 23-August 2007. After expiration the MSCD client will not be able to download content.


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