Microsoft buys Windows tool maker Winternals

By Justin Mann on July 19, 2006, 4:35 PM
Winternals, a small firm that produces many very powerful Windows utilities, has recently been purchased by Microsoft. The cost of the purchase hasn't been made public yet. This company produces some of the most commonly used Windows tools around, many of them freely available. They also produce a variety of enterprise-class software aimed specifically at Network Administrators, with nifty tools like Regmon and AD Explorer. One of the co-founders and lead programmers of Winternals, Mark Russinovich, will now work at Microsoft:

"I'll be working on challenging projects that span the entire Windows product line and directly influence subsequent generations of the most important operating systems on the planet," he said. "From security to virtualization to performance to a more manageable application model, there's no end of interesting areas to explore and innovate."
The other co-founder will also be working with Microsoft as a Software Architect. Most people see this as a positive thing, and it's hoped that the talent they have will be put to just as much good use as it was with Winternals. Anyone who has spent time in a repair shop or in an Admin position probably has found their software useful at one time or another.

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Yasmeen said:
sigh.. the behemoth strikes again..pretty soon the world of comps will be microsofts.anyone read the ELUA? it states your not buying anything when u purchase windows xp..
supervlk said:
Mark is no "Yes Man" . . I would be surprised if the boys in Redmond tried to knock this guy around. There's a good chance he can bring positive changes in Redmond.Ok . . so I'm an optimist? lol :) SVlk
DragonMaster said:
[quote]anyone read the ELUA?[/quote]No, it's long and seems boring.[quote] it states your not buying anything when u purchase windows xp..[/quote]Not even an OS? So we can get it for free? What's WGA all about? ;p
supervlk said:
is an ELUA anything like an EULA? ;)
DragonMaster said:
Same thing, just a typo. ;)ELUA:End License User Agreement?? It could be fun, especially if there's a refund. LOL!
supervlk said:
Yes . . it's End-User License Agreementrefund? these things are about your rights (and lack of) when you purchase . .
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