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Microsoft completes acquisition of Softricity

Posted: 20 Jul 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acquisition? Microsoft? Softricity? application virtualization? streaming?

Microsoft Corp. announced it has completed the acquisition of Softricity Inc., a provider of application virtualization and dynamic streaming technologies. Virtualization is said to be used for reducing the cost and complexity of IT management. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition is intended to help Microsoft customers reduce application management processes, accelerate application and OS deployments, and create a foundation for a software services infrastructure. Softricity said its technology reduces the amount of application compatibility testing typically needed when deploying new applications, upgrades and patches. Applications are served centrally and delivered directly to the user's desktop in an isolated, virtualized image.

With the closing of this acquisition, Softricity becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft, and integration of Softricity's technologies into the Microsoft software delivery and engineering processes begins. Microsoft said it will soon make available the SoftGrid application virtualization platform at a reduced price in the streamlined form of two core offerings: SoftGrid for Desktops and SoftGrid for Terminal Services. Both products will include the Softricity ZeroTouch Web-based access and self-service portal functionality.

In addition, customers of Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 will be able to acquire Softricity's SMS connector as a free download. Support for existing Softricity customers will continue via existing sales and services teams and partners. Microsoft will provide additional details on the delivery of Softricity offerings that support Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn" at a later date.

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