Microsoft Buys Kidaro

Arthur Cole

Kidaro, we hardly knew ya.


Just as the desktop virtualization management firm was starting to make its presence known in the West, it went ahead and accepted a buyout offer from Microsoft. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but Redmond apparently is anxious to fold the company's technology into its own desktop optimization system.


Kidaro's management server handles things like configuration and security assignments and application delivery -- just about everything you need to get a set of virtual desktops up and running. The package will likely round out Microsoft's own set of tools that already covers such functions as application virtualization, asset inventory service and group policy management.


Kidaro's technology also has the potential to smooth out the integration of virtual apps and resident operating systems, possibly a key component as Microsoft looks to broaden the base of both Windows Vista and Server 2008 users.


It will also be interesting to see how Redmond pulls together the Kidaro management system and the remote access technology it acquired from Calista Technologies in January.

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