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|VMware to Acquire Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing
Veemwa Relire, Staff Reporter
VMware, Inc. (VMW) is poised to make a move into the family gaming software market according to The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital. Sources said the deal was estimated at $350 million and would be announced soon.
The WSJ reported that server virtualization pioneer VMware is in talks with Broderbund to acquire titles from its software catalog, including the "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing" typing instruction application suite.
"After all, how can our customers use our virtualization software if they don't know how to type?" said VMware CEO Paul Maritz.
A Broderbund deal would mark VMware's continued expansion up the stack, away from its core competency of x86 chipset virtualization, and was widely viewed as a way to build out its cloud computing strategy. Earlier steps in this direction include last summer's acquisition of Java framework maker SpringSource and an ongoing bid for Zimbra, a provider of open source email collaboration software. "By offering Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing as a vApp, VMware can lower the barrier to entry for cloud providers that want to compete in the market for online, on-demand typing tutorial software," said Shlomo Pincus, an analyst with the Wall Street investment bank Stear Bearns.
The deal has many detractors, who see Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing as a far cry from VMware's roots, and irrelevant to Fortune 1000 customers, who are by and large, pretty good typists.
VMware and Broderbund declined to comment on the rumors. Sources also said that the company is also trying to buy the rights to The Oregon Trail
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