Alohabob to See Light of Day with Vista RC1

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-08-02 Print this article Print

Microsoft's recently acquired technology will streamline the application transfer process between older and newer computers, with an emphasis on Windows Vista migration, the company says.

Microsoft is planning to release its recently acquired application migration technology, known as Alohabob, along with the first release candidate for Windows Vista later this quarter. Microsoft acquired the Alohabob technology with the purchase earlier in 2006 of application-transfer specialist Apptimum. At that time, Microsoft said its plans for Apptimums intellectual property and technology assets were focused on streamlining the application transfer process between older and newer computers, with an emphasis on Windows Vista migration.
Read more here about how Microsoft plans to use its Apptimum buy to smooth the road to Vista.
Jim Allchin, the co-president of Microsofts platforms and services division, told eWEEK at the financial analyst meeting held at Microsofts Redmond campus on July 27 that the program is now ready for testing and would be made available alongside Windows Vista RC 1 "sometime this quarter." 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, Allchin said, as Alohabob will make the application transfer experience easier and faster for customers. The new Apple Macs have already achieved that, allowing the user to choose an option during setup for migrating their applications, which involves little more than connecting two computers. "I have been using Alohabob and it is incredible how much it speeds up the application migration process. In fact I was able to move all the applications from one computer to another using it in just 30 minutes," Allchin said. At the time of the Apptimum acquisition, Gabriel Dorfman, a product manager in the Windows group, said Microsoft wanted to supplement "what we are calling the core transfer experience, an area we have been focusing on with Vista, by including some technology that was application-centric. "We expect that this transfer experience will have the ability to understand how applications work, how they are modeled and how to read them in new environments. Apptimum was found to be the best overall market choice for helping us to accomplish our needs. They had the best fundamental approach," Dorfman said. Asked whether he expected Windows Vista to ship on the current timeline—to be released to manufacturing before the end of the year, at which point the code will be made available to volume licensees, with general availability slated for January 2007—Allchin said all current indicators were that it would. Some reviewers and testers are saying that Vista is still not ready for prime time, and are calling for another delay, even suggesting a third beta might be necessary. "We will have a much, much better idea of whether we will make the current ship targets when RC1 is released later this quarter, a much better idea. But all indicators now are that we will," Allchin said. "However, that being said, there is always the possibility that something could happen to derail that and, at the end of the day, when the product ships will be determined by its quality." He also was adamant in the face of questions that he would still leave Microsoft at the end of January 2007. "If Vista ships early, I will also still leave at the end of January as planned," Allchin said. Should Microsoft add a Beta 3 to Vistas schedule? Click here to read more. While improvements in Vistas boot performance "were not great now," the move to "hibernate" mode was "amazingly quick," he said. With regard to all the criticism about the second beta for Windows Vista, Allchin said when it was released 13 of the top 20 bugs reported by beta testers had already been resolved, but were not in that first Beta 2 release. As the fixes were added, the code improved significantly, he said. "The power management issue was, in my opinion, overblown," he said. Asked about the 12 principles announced in July 2006 by which Microsoft will guide its development of the Windows desktop platform, starting with Windows Vista, Allchin said these were not new and had been in place for some time now. "But this was a formalization of those and our public commitment to them," he said. However, Allchin was unable to say how long these core principles had been applied to Windows development, and whether Windows XP was developed under them, noting that some of the principles were as a direct result of the final consent decree in the U.S. antitrust case against the software giant. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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