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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure



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On March 7th, Microsoft announced that it had acquired Apptimum Inc, a company which provides award-winning products that automatically transfer customers’ applications to new computers.  Microsoft plans to use the acquired intellectual property and technology assets to provide Windows customers with the tools they need to simplify the transfer of their applications to their new computers.

According to this article on eWeek, Alohabob is due to be included in the first Release Candidate of Vista, scheduled for later this quarter.  In the article, Jim Allchin, the co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services division, states that "Migrating applications and files from one computer to another using Windows has long been a tedious and time-consuming process, but that is now a thing of the past as Alohabob will make the application transfer experience easier and faster for customers".

Jim also went on to say that he has in fact been using the product, and managed to move all his applications from one computer to another in just 30 minutes.  This speeds up the build of a new machine dramatically, as much of the time spent with a build is reinstalling up to the same point you were at before the rebuild.  I personally, as a regular new-build tester of Vista, would welcome this ability to quickly move all my applications that were previously on an old build and place them on a new build.  Bring on Alohabob!!

The article on eWeek goes on to talk about whether Jim beleives Vista will ship on time, his views on his own departure in January 2007 and the 12 principles to guide development of the Windows Desktop platform.

Should you be after even more information, you can read the announcement that Microsoft have acquired Apptimum Inc, or visit the Alohabob homepage.

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  • I would like to know where I can get updates for Alohabob. I have the older Eisenworld version, and I can't seem to get the updates for it.

    Jon Harman

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