Microsoft snaps up DesktopStandard

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By  Published  October 13, 2006

Microsoft has bought privately-held enterprise desktop management software firm DesktopStandard for an undisclosed sum, in order to extend its existing Group Policy management tools that help management of computers and users.

As part of the deal the software giant will acquire DesktopStandard’s GPOVault, ProfileMaker, Dragnet, PolicyMaker Standard Edition, Registry Extension, Share Manager and Software Update.

The acquisition also incorporates DesktopStandard intellectual property, facilities, contracts, and customer base.

The purchase will not include DesktopStandard’s PolicyMaker Application Security business.

Microsoft said it chose DesktopStandard to maximise the value of its investments in Windows Server’s Active Directory and to supplement its Group Policy technology because of DesktopStandard’s experience in policy-based management and tight integration with native Group Policy.

“DesktopStandard products are already seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Group Policy and are completely complementary with Microsoft technology,” said Larry Orecklin, general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Enterprise Management Division.

“This acquisition enhances our ability to meet customers’ needs to perform Group Policy lifecycle management, consolidate the number of policy objects being managed, and increase desktop management functionality.”

Eric Voskuil, CTO and co-founder of DesktopStandard, joins Microsoft’s Windows Enterprise Management Division in the role of software architect.

He said: “Joining with Microsoft will allow DesktopStandard to more quickly meet our goal of helping customers extend Group Policy to handle the majority of their distributed management tasks and to provide a more manageable environment for doing so.”

DesktopStandard will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft while the firm’s technology is transitioned to the software giant.

Microsoft said it would still sell GPOVault, ProfileMaker, PolicyMaker Standard Edition and Share Manager, but ProfileMaker will only be available from existing DesktopStandard partners and PolicyMaker Software Update will no longer be available for purchase.

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