Microsoft Acquires App Transfer Firm

Microsoft said Tuesday that it had purchased Apptimum, maker of software that assists in transferring applications to new computers. Technology acquired through the deal would be incorporated into Windows Vista through an optional software download.

The Redmond company said its customers had been requesting easier ways to transfer files and applications to new computers. The experience had already been upgraded in Windows Vista, and Microsoft says the Apptimum technology would improve that further.

"Microsoft's acquisition of Apptimum will dramatically extend the reach of our solutions to millions of Windows customers around the world," co-founder of Apptimum and CTO David Hendrickson said.

While applications based on the technology would not be included in Vista by default, they would be provided as add-ons to the new operating system. Microsoft was not immediately providing additional details on the product or when they expected it to be available.

Hendrickson simply said that, "Windows customers will enjoy a significantly simplified computer setup process, and the innovative technology that Apptimum has built will contribute to a better overall experience."

Terms of the acquisition remained private.

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