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Microsoft inks agreement with Aha

Microsoft today signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aha Software, a vendor of electronic-ink messaging, note-taking, and editing software for handheld computers.

Microsoft today signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aha Software, a vendor of electronic-ink messaging, note-taking, and editing software for handheld computers.

The terms of the agreement were not announced.

Aha Software, founded in 1991, developed the patent-pending SmartInk technology that lets users manipulate handwritten text entered into a handheld computer the same way that they do typewritten text, for example, cutting and pasting text. The technology is intended to eliminate the need for handwriting recognition software, which is widely available but still the subject of consistent user complaints about unrelability. Aha now uses SmartInk in its $129 InkWriter package

Microsoft officials say the company will implement Aha's software into future technologies but did not specify any product plans.