Microsoft acquires security startup

Microsoft acquires security startup

Microsoft has acquired a small maker of security software, strengthening its arsenal as it works to improve the security and reliability of its products.

Microsoft agreed to purchase all the assets of XDegrees for an undisclosed amount, according to a statement issued by the startup Californian software maker. Some employees will relocate to Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, headquarters. A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to comment on any other details of the deal.

XDegrees makes software to let users securely exchange and gain access to information stored in enterprise computing systems. In November last year, it announced that it had tuned its products to work with some of Microsoft's .Net software, including the Passport single sign-on authentication service and the .Net Alerts technology.

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