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Microsoft Acquires Apptimum

Microsoft aims to use Apptimum's technology to ease the process of moving applications and settings from older Windows desktops to the Vista upgrade.

Microsoft has application migration features built into Windows Vista but is buying an ISV's tool to ensure a smooth upgrade cycle for customers.

Microsoft said Tuesday it plans to acquire Apptimum, the Sunrise, Fla.-based maker of Alohobob PC relocation software and the Migrate DT user state management engine. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Microsoft has improved the computer setup process in Vista and aims to use Apptimum's technology to ease the process of moving applications and settings from older Windows desktops to the Vista upgrade, which is due for release late this year.

A Microsoft-branded product based on the Apptimum technology is slated to be available as an optional download for Vista, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said. Future plans for the Apptimum product weren’t revealed. Microsoft also didn’t specify the release date for the download or other products.

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