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July 17, 2006

Microsoft completes acquisition of Softricity

Posted by David Hunter at 12:13 PM ET.

Microsoft’s previously announced acquisition of application virtualization software vendor Softricity is now complete:

Microsoft Corp. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Softricity Inc., a leading provider of application virtualization and dynamic streaming technologies. Virtualization is a key technology for reducing the cost and complexity of IT management, and the addition of Softricity is another step in Microsoft’s ongoing strategy to make virtualization more broadly accessible and affordable for customers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Originally announced on May 22, the acquisition of Softricity helps Microsoft customers reduce costly application management processes, accelerate application and operating system deployments, and create a foundation for a software services infrastructure. Softricity’s application virtualization technology can help significantly reduce the amount of application compatibility testing typically needed when deploying new applications, upgrades and patches. Applications are served centrally and delivered directly to the user’s desktop in an isolated, virtualized image, minimizing application-related alterations to the operating system and compatibility challenges with other applications.

Combined with Softricity’s software streaming functionality, virtualized applications can be dynamically sent over the network, effectively whenever and wherever a user needs them. The approach creates the option of a centrally managed software service in which applications are available when and where needed and are easily updated.

Microsoft will soon make available the SoftGrid® application virtualization platform at a reduced price in the streamlined form of two core offerings: SoftGrid for Desktops and SoftGrid for Terminal Services. Both products will include the Softricity ZeroTouch™ Web-based access and self-service portal functionality. In addition, Microsoft’s Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 customers will be able to acquire Softricity’s SMS connector as a free download. Support for existing Softricity customers will continue uninterrupted via existing sales and services teams and partners. Microsoft will provide additional details on the delivery of Softricity offerings that support Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn” at a later date.

Filed under Acquisitions, Application Virtualization, Microsoft, Virtualization

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    [...] (Via You may recall that Microsoft has just acquired application virtualization vendor, Softricity, and they haven’t waited long to put their own stamp on Softricity’s Softgrid product line – Exclusive – New Softgrid Pricing Announced: Drastically Lower: has received information on the new pricing Microsoft has put on the Softgrid products. This is really earth shattering! [...]

  2. Microsoft acquisitions rolled up into Software Assurance offering -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft SoftGrid (Softricity) “virtualizes” applications, meaning they can run on multiple PCs and other licensed desktops running Microsoft Windows without being locally installed. Instead, they run as individual networked services, enabling central deployment and management, minimizing compatibility problems and providing employees more ways to access applications. [...]

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    [...] It is a trifle later than was anticipated, but Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for its SoftGrid 4.1 application virtualization package. SoftGrid, which now has its own website, arrived with last year’s Microsoft acquisition of Softricity, but is only available as part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack which is a benefit of the Software Assurance offering for volume license customers. Filed under Acquisitions, Virtualization, Microsoft, Application Virtualization [...]

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