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Microsoft acquires desktop management firm

Microsoft has acquired DesktopStandard Corporation, a developer of group policy-based enterprise desktop management products.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, adds DesktopStandard’s GPOVault, ProfileMaker, Dragnet, PolicyMaker Standard Edition, Registry Extension, Share Manager and Software Update to the Microsoft portfolio and includes intellectual property, facilities and contracts.

The new products integrate with and extend Microsoft’s existing group policy management tools and will allow the software giant to speed up its development of model-based management technologies.

The move will see DesktopStandard chief technology officer Eric Voskuil join Microsoft’s Windows Enterprise Management Division as software architect. Chief executive John Moyer is moving to become chief executive at enterprise security firm BeyondTrust, a spin-off from DesktopStandard, which retains the former company’s Policy Maker Application Security product.

Microsoft said it would continue to meet DesktopStandard’s customer support agreements. But the deal will mean PolicyMaker Software Update is no longer available for separate purchase, with Microsoft redirecting users to its Windows Server Update Services instead.


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