Microsoft eyes mobile work force | Tech News on ZDNet

Microsoft eyes mobile work force | Tech News on ZDNet: “Microsoft has invested an undisclosed sum in Laplink Software and agreed to license some of Laplink’s mobile-worker technology, the companies said Tuesday.
The investment gives Microsoft a minority stake in the 50-person company and demonstrates the software titan’s growing interest in technology for the mobile work force, Microsoft said.
Laplink, a closely held company in Kirkland, Wash., makes programs that give people access, via the Internet, to their computer’s files and e-mail messages, and to calendars on other machines. People can use the program, called Laplink Everywhere, to access information on desktop machines, laptops, handheld computers and some mobile phones. The service costs $8.95 a month.
‘We think Laplink has good technology in the collaboration and mobile work force area,’ said Kenneth Lustig, managing director of intellectual-property acquisitions and investments at Microsoft. ‘Collaborating with Laplink could be beneficial to Microsoft as we develop more technology for the mobile work force.’ “