FLASHBACK SLIDESHOW: Hottest tech M&A deals of 2008

Our running list of buyouts and mergers in IT for the year.

Microsoft and Kidaro -- BUYER: Microsoft ACQUISITION: Kidaro, maker of desktop virtualization software WHEN: March PRICE: Undisclosed WHY: Plans to integrate Kidaro's technology into the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance. Microsoft expects that the software will help accelerate migration to Windows Vista because it can minimize compatibility issues between applications and the OS.

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