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Microsoft To Acquire Desktop Virt Vendor Kidaro

Microsoft today announced its intent to acquire Kidaro, a Redwood City, Calif.-based provider of enterprise desktop virtualization software.

"The acquisition of Kidaro is an important component of our virtualization strategy, and it delivers a powerful new tool to help enterprise customers optimize their desktops," said Shanen Boettcher, general manager of Windows product management at Microsoft, in a prepared statement.

Kidaro's desktop virtualization platform currently works with both VMware and Microsoft solutions. The company also offers software like Desktop DR for disaster recovery, "self-cleaning" security package vDNA and Kidaro To-Go, USB-based desktop virtualization.

According to the announcement, Kidaro's technology will be incorporated into Microsoft's Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance.

"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," Boettcher continued.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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Becky Nagel is the director of online media for 1105's Enterprise Computing Group and executive editor for several of its sites, including Redmondmag.com and ADTmag.com. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on twitter at @beckynagel.

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