To help customers transfer data to new PCs running Windows Vista, Microsoft bought Apptimum, a Florida company best known for its consumer Alohabob PC Relocator software. The deal was announced this morning.
Apptimum also sells products to help IT shops migrate files, applications and settings to different PCs.
Microsoft said it will use Apptimum technology to develop a PC migration tool that will be offered as “an optional download” to Vista customers.
Some of Apptimum’s 25 employees will continue working with the company in Sunrise, Fla., “at this time” and “several” will be relocating immediately to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, a spokeswoman said. Among the employees Microsoft is hiring is David Henrickson, co-founder and chief technical officer.
“Microsoft expects the number of layoffs to be relatively small,” the spokeswoman said via e-mail.
Other details, such as the purchase price and what Microsoft will charge for the “optional download,” weren’t provided.
“Our customers and partners have been asking for a much easier way to transfer their data and applications from old computers to new ones,” Amitabh Srivastava, corporate vice president of Windows Core Operating System Development, said in a news release. “We’ve improved this experience in Windows Vista, and as a result of the Apptimum acquisition we will make it even easier for customers to transfer the applications that are most important to them.”
Apptimum claims to have created the PC migration software category in 1998, when the company was called Eisenworld. In December it received its second patent for its “Computing State Engine” technology.