Microsoft has acquired software company Apptimum to give it access to technology that lets Windows users more easily move applications from old PCs to new ones.
The technology acquired will initially be offered to users of Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system, expected towards the end of this year.
Apptimum has developed the Alohabob PC Relocator tool, which allows users to transfer applications from old PCs to new machines without having to re-install them.
Apptimum's solution will be available as an optional download to Windows Vista users after the operating system starts shipping.
Apptimum was founded in 1998 and changed its name from Eisenworld last year. The company had planned to change direction by expanding from the consumer space into the enterprise application transfer space.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.