By Gregg Keizer
July 18, 2006
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it was acquiring privately owned
Winternals Software, an Austin, Texas developer of recovery and data
protection tools, and the host of the well-known Sysinternals free
Winternals co-founder Mark Russinovich will join Microsoft's Platforms and
Services group as a technical fellow, the Redmond, Wash. giant said in a
press release. Bryce Cogswell, the company's other co-founder, will head
to Microsoft's Core Operating Systems division as a software architect.
"I've had my eye on Mark for some time," said Jim Allchin, co-president of
the Windows team, in a statement. "The work he and Bryce have completed in
system recovery and data protection illustrates the depth of thinking and
skill they will bring to future versions of Windows."
Although the Winternals commercial software -- including Protection
Manager and Recovery Manager -- and the free-of-charge Sysinternals tools
are well-known, Russinovich is most famous as the discoverer of a rootkit
tucked inside Sony BMG audio CDs. His 2005 find raised a firestorm of
protest against Sony BMG, led to several court cases, and was pegged as a
reason for a slowdown in CD sales.
In a Tuesday blog entry, Russinovich admitted he didn't yet know how the
Winternals and Sysinternals software and technologies would be integrated
"Microsoft is still evaluating the best way to leverage the many different
technologies that have been developed by Winternals," he wrote. "Some will
find their ways into existing Microsoft products or Windows itself and
others will continue on as Microsoft-branded products."
The Sysinternals Web site will remain as is for the time being,
Russinovich said, and when Microsoft eventually decides how to integrate
it with existing online content, the tools will continue to be free to
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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