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July 18, 2006

Microsoft acquires Winternals Software

Posted by David Hunter at 12:00 PM ET.

If you’re involved with the technical side of Microsoft Windows, you’ve certainly heard of the expertise of Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell of Winternals Software (freeware is at Sysinternals) and more than likely have used some of their diagnostic tools. I’ve only had occasion to mention them once on this site, but always follow Russinovich’s blog where he announced the news:

I’m very pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Winternals Software and Sysinternals. Bryce Cogswell and I founded both Winternals and Sysinternals (originally NTInternals) back in 1996 with the goal of developing advanced technologies for Windows. We’ve had an incredible amount of fun over the last ten years working on a wide range of diverse products such as Winternals Administrator’s Pak, Protection Manager, Defrag Manager, and Recovery Manager, and the dozens of Sysinternals tools, including Filemon, Regmon and Process Explorer, that millions of people use every day for systems troubleshooting and management. There’s nothing more satisfying for me than to see our ideas and their implementation have a positive impact.

That’s what makes being acquired by Microsoft especially exciting and rewarding. I’m joining Microsoft as a technical fellow in the Platform and Services Division, which is the division that includes the Core Operating Systems Division, Windows Client and Windows Live, and Windows Server and Tools. I’ll therefore be working on challenging projects that span the entire Windows product line and directly influence subsequent generations of the most important operating system on the planet. From security to virtualization to performance to a more manageable application model, there’s no end of interesting areas to explore and innovate.

So what’s going to happen to Winternals and Sysinternals? Microsoft is still evaluating the best way to leverage the many different technologies that have been developed by Winternals. Some will find their ways into existing Microsoft products or Windows itself and others will continue on as Microsoft-branded products. As for Sysinternals, the site will remain for the time being while Microsoft determines the best way to integrate it into its own community efforts, and the tools will continue to be free to download.

More details in the FAQ, but no financial terms were disclosed. Coincidentally (or perhaps not as far as the acquisition timing goes), Winternals just settled a lawsuit with Best Buy over the use by their Geek Squad service personnel of unlicensed copies of Winternal tools.



Filed under Acquisitions, Best Buy, Coopetition, Microsoft

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4 Responses to “Microsoft acquires Winternals Software”

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

    [...] Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset (Winternals) makes it possible for the IT department to quickly pinpoint the causes of PC troubles, recover lost data and prevent future downtime with post-crash analysis. [...]

  2. Microsoft presents the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) screen saver -- Cool Tech Reviews Says:

    [...] Actually, it’s part of the package that Microsoft got when they acquired Winternals Software and their set of free “Sysinternals” system tools. The old Sysinternals website has been moved to Microsoft TechNet under the name Windows Sysinternals, but all the old utilities are there. Warning, only serious techies need apply – except for the BSOD screen saver. Posted at 7:52 pm. Filed under Companies, Microsoft, Software, Development Tools, Utilities   [link] [...]

  3. Sysinternals tools move to new Microsoft home -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] When Microsoft acquired Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell’s Winternals Software in July, they also got a collection of very useful free tools that had been available for download at Sysinternals.com. The good news for all the devoted users of these tools is that Microsoft is continuing to make them available for free and that they are now available on Microsoft’s TechNet site under the moniker, Windows Sysinternals. And yes, they even have the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) screen saver. Filed under Acquisitions, Microsoft [...]

  4. Microsoft offers Sysinternals utilities Live | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Ed Bott breaks the news that the Sysinternals utilities which Microsoft acquired with the Winternals Software company back in 2006 and continued to make available for free are now available in "Live" form. This means that you can execute them directly from the Internet without going through a download and installation: Simply enter a tool’s Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as \live.sysinternals.comtools<toolname> or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser at http://live.sysinternals.com [and click on the link for the utility you want]. [...]

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