Microsoft buys virtualization vendor to help with Vista migrations

Microsoft buys virtualization vendor to help with Vista migrations

Summary: Microsoft announced on March 12 it had purchased another virtualization vendor -- one whose technology Microsoft is counting on to help ease Windows Vista migrations. That vendor, Kidaro, makes desktop virtualization software for enterprise users.

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Microsoft announced on March 12 it had purchased another virtualization vendor -- one whose technology Microsoft is counting on to help ease Windows Vista migrations.

That vendor, Kidaro, makes desktop virtualization software for enterprise users. Microsoft said it plans to combine Kidaro's technology into its suite of desktop-management tools, known as the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). (This MDOP pack is only available to customers who buy into Microsoft's annualized Software Assurance volume-licensing program, by the way.)

Microsoft is touting Kidaro's technology as being able to:

* "Accelerate Windows Vista migrations by minimizing compatibility issues between applications and the operating system

* "Easily deploy managed Virtual PCs to Windows desktops

* "Drive business continuity by enabling rapid reconstitution of corporate desktops

* "Minimize the tension between IT control and user flexibility by applying policies in locked-down corporate Virtual PCs while giving users more open access to the underlying host operating system

* "Speed user adoption of desktop virtualization by making Virtual PCs 'invisible” to end users

* "Reduce IT investment in desktop image management by delivering virtual images independent of hardware or local desktop configuration."

Microsoft is not providing a timetable as to when Kidaro's technology will become part of MODP, beyond saying it will find its way into "future updates" of the pack.

Microsoft officials have said MDOP is the fastest-selling of the company's volume-licensing products. MODP currently includes Microsoft Application Virtualization, Asset Inventory Service, Advanced Group Policy Management, Dianostics and Recovery Toolset and System Center Desktop Error Monitoring.

Topics: Windows, CXO, Hardware, Microsoft, Storage, Virtualization

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • They forgot to mention

    There is no change in "license" requirements. "Users" might want to check their EULA's.

    Quote: "There won't be anything we won't say to people to try and convince them that our way is the way to go."

    Quote: "What we're really after is simply that people acquire a legal license for Windows for each computer they own before they move on to Linux or Sun Solaris or BSD or OS/2 or whatever."

    Microsoft's agenda is easy to see. Just follow the money trail...... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Ole Man
    • Interesting. I saw no such "quotes"

      Sounds like it much like Apple's shenanigans anymore.

      Just follow the Apple $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ trail for undeniable proof of that! ;)
      GuidingLight
      • Perhaps it's because

        You did not look.

        There is none so blind as those who
        refuse to see.......

        And your attempts to remove the
        spotlight from Microsoft by exposing
        Apple gets more lame each day.

        One Corporation's malfeasance does
        NOT justify another Corporation's
        even more dastardly malfeasance.

        Give it up already
        Ole Man
      • I read them here

        You were probably busy drooling over some MS press release.
        fr0thy@...
    • MS want to make $$$$??????????

      REALLY?!?!?!?! No WAY!!!!!

      Wow, a for-profit company that actually wants to make money. What a revelation!

      Thanks!! I never would've known!!! You're the MAN!!!!
      tikigawd
      • Want to make money?

        That's not the problem!

        The problem is, Microsoft wants ALL
        the money, ALL the power, and ALL the
        control. In short, they want to be
        the Dictator.

        With enough riki-tiki gawds, they may
        just be.......... but not with the
        support of freedom-loving rebels like
        me!
        Ole Man
      • They're supposed to be a technology company ...

        ... but at least society is moving on now. Instead of a pure "$dog eat $dog" society it's becoming more of a "dog eat $dog" society. It's a small step in the right direction, and yes, we all know that we have bills to pay etc .... get over it.
        fr0thy@...
  • Apples and oranges are bought in the bushels;I wish my bagging skill wasn't

    Hopeless in Bangalore. Rice and beans again; it is said being a Vegan is only for the powerless. So how much is a leather wallet anyhow?
    rtirman37@...
    • What the... ???

      <Scratching head>

      Wow.
      Hallowed are the Ori
  • Good news!

    For all you Microsoft luvvers.

    My time on ZDNet will be very limited
    henceforth. 20 cookies in less than
    five minutes, and if I refuse one I
    have to sign in all over again.

    This is approaching the boundaries of
    Microsoft malfeasance. I cannot
    tolerate such nonesense, so I leave
    it with you. Flame away. I will not
    listen.
    Ole Man
    • PS:

      two more cookies to activate that
      last post, and it will take 4 four
      more for this PS note.

      Stupidity at it's finest!

      Cheerio.... bubye 8-)
      Ole Man
  • kidaro ToGo

    Could this also have something to do with the StartKey project?
    midas79
  • RE: Microsoft buys virtualization vendor help with Vista migrations

    I own about 15 computers for my business and personal use. All use an MS operating system. No one forces me to buy any product. We also use MS Office because it costs me pennies per day for an incredible suite of tools. (I have looked at Open Office, but I reject it as a business solution.)

    I also have spent as much as $20,000 for a single program with much less satisfaction. Try that some time to help your perception about MS.
    Lynn110
    • $20,000 FOR A PROGRAM MS HAS ANOTHER SUCKA

      "I also have spent as much as $20,000 for a single
      program with much less satisfaction"
      johnpall@...
      • That's what keeps.........

        Microsoft in business...... the suckahs!
        Ole Man
  • Translating the Microspeak ...

    "Accelerate Windows Vista migrations by minimizing compatibility issues between applications and the operating system"

    Vista still isn't ready

    "Easily deploy managed Virtual PCs to Windows desktops"

    Vista will work on XP, and we'll charge you for multiple licenses for the pleasure.

    "Drive business continuity by enabling rapid reconstitution of corporate desktops"

    We'll be able to change the game more often which is better for us. Not sure how that fits in with continuity though ...

    "Minimize the tension between IT control and user flexibility by applying policies in locked-down corporate Virtual PCs while giving users more open access to the underlying host operating system"

    They can only screw up the virtual PC this way.

    "Speed user adoption of desktop virtualization by making Virtual PCs ?invisible? to end users"

    Get Vista in front of them by hook or by crook.

    "Reduce IT investment in desktop image management by delivering virtual images independent of hardware or local desktop configuration."

    We've given up on the drivers. Thanks for being a loyal Microsoft OS desktop support engineer, but we don't need you anymore...
    fr0thy@...
  • With new Windows 10.0 SP1 ...

    ... you can put your employer and your family and friends through the mill, all over again.

    Microsoft. Where do you want to still be tomorrow?
    fr0thy@...
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