It is the next great battle in the tech space: security. As Google seeks to make Android more palatable for enterprise through a reported partnership with Blackberry, and as Apple continues to make serious gains, Microsoft is upping the ante with regards to security in Windows. And according to Globes and reported by others, it may have made another significant step in this direction.
According to the Israeli business daily, Microsoft has acquired enterprise security start-up Adallom for a cool $320 million. Adallom has made a name for itself by providing a solution to a problem that has plagued IT managers for years: outside apps. Their solution runs these apps in a ‘shell’ in which they can be housed and controlled. This could theoretically negate the need for tightly controlled app store passwords and a culture of suspicion.
Adallom has already attracted significant attention due to its innovations, even in the crowded Israeli tech start-up scene, raising investments even from the likes of HP. The firm has dealt with Microsoft previously, making waves as the first to expose the break into the security server of Office 365 back in 2013.
If this acquisition news proves to be true, then it will represent the biggest Israeli purchase made by Microsoft yet in a year that has already been dominated by a number of large acquisitions in the company by the tech giant, including stylus firm N-trig back in May of this year. As Redmond continues to do more to make Windows 10 as palatable as possible for Enterprise customers the world over, expect more acquisitions like this in the future. With Microsoft now firmly committed to getting its priorities straight with regards to the consumer market, security is once again the key.
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