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Microsoft acquires desktop virtualization provider

Posted: 14 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:desktop virtualization? acquisition? Windows Vista?

Microsoft Corp. has announced plans to acquire of desktop virtualization for enterprise solutions provider Kidaro Inc.

By combining Kidaro's virtualization technology with its suite of desktop management tools, known as the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance, Microsoft will enable IT professionals to optimize their desktop infrastructure by providing management capabilities for Virtual PCs, streamlining deployments and easing application compatibility issues.

"Virtual PCs can help businesses address a number of challenges around application compatibility, mobility and business continuity. Kidaro's seamless user interface and management capabilities allow enterprises to more easily use and manage Virtual PCs," said Shanen Boettcher, general manager of Windows product management at Microsoft. "Incorporating Kidaro's innovative solutions into the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack further enables virtualization across the enterprise, and is another example of how we are helping customers keep up with the changing needs of their business."

Adding Kidaro's desktop virtualization capabilities to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack suite will provide Microsoft Software Assurance customers who have purchased the add-on subscription with the enhanced ability to do the following accelerate Windows Vista migrations; easily deploy managed Virtual PCs to Windows desktops; drive business continuity; minimize the tension between IT control and user flexibility; speed user adoption of desktop virtualization and reduce IT investment in desktop image management.

"Virtualization technology has tremendous potential to help companies reduce costs and increase control over their desktops, while simultaneously delivering benefits to end users," said Kevin Brown, CEO of Kidaro.

Kidaro technologies will be incorporated into future updates of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance, which currently includes Microsoft Application Virtualization; Microsoft Asset Inventory Service; Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management; Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset and Microsoft System Center Desktop Error Monitoring.

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