Winternals provides Windows-based enterprises with systems recovering and data protection solutions as well as freeware tools Web Site "Sysinternals," Microsoft said in a release, adding that the acquisition would aid in the company's "promise lower customers' total cost of ownership of the Microsoft Windows platform." Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell, who established Winternals established in 1996, will join Microsoft. Russinovich will join the Microsoft Platforms & Services Division as a technical fellow, while Cogswell will join the Windows Component Platform Team in the role of software architect.
"I've had my eye on Mark for some time," said Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division. "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. The addition of their deep kernel-level expertise to our existing strong talent will help provide us with the edge we need to continue to raise the quality and functionality bar for Windows on both the client and the server."