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Microsoft Munches Kidaro

Microsoft has agreed to buy desktop virtualization startup Kidaro for an undisclosed sum, in an effort to beef up its desktop management story.

Kidaro, founded in 2005, is one of a tiny group of suppliers that manage virtual desktops created by other vendors' wares. Kidaro works in desktop virtualization environments based on VMware Player and Microsoft Virtual PC.

Another firm competitive with Kidaro, named Dunes, was bought by VMware in September 2007.

Microsoft plans to sell Kidaro's software in future releases of its Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance (MDOP), an enterprise suite for managing desktop inventory, application virtualization, group policy, desktop diagnostics and recovery, and error monitoring.

No specific dates for the new packaging were provided by Microsoft, but the company isn't likely to waste time: Microsoft has made desktop virtualization a priority, as demonstrated in a flotilla of recent announcements that include the purchase of Calista and an expanded alliance with Citrix/Xensource.

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