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July 18, 2006 at 11:34 AM

Microsoft buys Winternals

Microsoft said today it has acquired data protection company Winternals and its freeware tools site Sysinternals. The companies did not announce the financial terms of the deal.

Mark Russinovich, a Winternals co-founder, writes on his blog today that he will join Microsoft as a technical fellow in the Platform and Services Division. Will Microsoft really let a freeware site continue? Russinovich delicately dances around the question:

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.

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