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Microsoft Acquires Kidaro

Microsoft announced that it has acquired Kidaro, a computer startup specializing in deskop virtualization, for an undisclosed sum of money.

It plans to use Kidaro’s technology in its Desktop Optimization Pack and also for other virtualization applications.

Kidaro’s solution, which provides centralized management and deploy of virtual desktop images, uses strong encryption and provides data leakage prevention and policy enforcement capabilities. Virtual desktops can be deployed over an internal private company network or over the Web.

The Microsoft Kidaro merger will actively allow it to better optimize Vista and make more incentives for users to make the shift from Windows XP, to which many PC owners still passionately cling.

The software giant said that it intends to re-brand the Kidaro solution as Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization as part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, which is available to customers that purchase Software Assurance from the company.

Microsoft has been a strong proponent of desktop virtualization for a number of years. Kidaro will maintain its research and development group in Israel and its three co-founders will now be Microsoft employees.