Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has acquired Apptimum Inc., the creator of the Alohabob PC Relocator software tool.
Microsoft said that the Alohabob tool would be made available as an optional download for Windows Vista customers, most likely to facilitate the transfer of data between an older system and a new Vista PC. The exact timing of the download was not disclosed.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed as well.
"Our customers and partners have been asking for a much easier way to transfer their data and applications from old computers to new ones," said Amitabh Srivastava, corporate vice president of Windows Core Operating System Development at Microsoft. "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."
The Alohabob software, which has won a PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award, shifts applications as well as settings from one PC to the next, including disk partitions.
"Microsoft's acquisition of Apptimum will dramatically extend the reach of our solutions to millions of Windows customers around the world," said David Henrickson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Apptimum, in a statement. "Windows customers will enjoy a significantly simplified computer setup process, and the innovative technology that Apptimum has built will contribute to a better overall experience."