Microsoft buy targets Vista transition

Microsoft purchases Apptimum, maker of tools to move software from one PC to another.

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Microsoft on Tuesday said it has acquired Apptimum, a maker of tools to help move software from one PC to another. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Apptimum sells a product called Alohabob which can be used to move data and applications from an old PC to a new one.

Microsoft said the first public release of a product based on Apptimum's technology will be an optional download for users of Vista, the update to Windows expected to ship later this year. Details on the new product's delivery date were not announced. Apptimum, based in Sunrise, Fla., was founded in 1998.