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October 2, 2006

Microsoft acquires DesktopStandard

Posted by David Hunter at 1:16 PM ET.

DesktopStandard press release:

DesktopStandard Corporation, a leading developer of Group Policy-based enterprise desktop management products, today announced it has been acquired by Microsoft Corp. The addition of DesktopStandard demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to help customers leverage the value of policy-based management and maximize the value of their investments in Microsoft Active Directory.

DesktopStandard will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft while the DesktopStandard technology is transitioned to Microsoft. Customers can continue to purchase GPOVault®, ProfileMaker, PolicyMaker™ Standard Edition and Share Manager from DesktopStandard and existing partners. ProfileMaker will be available only from existing DesktopStandard partners. Microsoft will continue to support customers according to the terms and conditions of existing agreements. Microsoft is not acquiring the PolicyMaker™ Application Security business.

PolicyMaker™ Application Security will be exclusively available from BeyondTrust™ Corporation, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of DesktopStandard.

No financial terms were disclosed.



Filed under Acquisitions, Active Directory, Microsoft, Technologies

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One Response to “Microsoft acquires DesktopStandard”

  1. Microsoft acquisitions rolled up into Software Assurance offering -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (DesktopStandard) increases control over Group Policy Objects (GPOs) – the component rules within Windows’ administrative management system – and is intended to allow IT administrators to delegate or assign administrative control of specific tasks based on employees’ titles or roles. [...]

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