Microsoft Forges Smart Partnerships
Opinion: Pairings with Winternals and XenSource should bolster the company's catalog.Microsoft made a great move July 18 when it acquired Winternals Software, a purveyor of Windows diagnostic software, including the Sysinternals line of freeware utilities. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of using the Sysinternals tools while laboring to identify the source of a mysterious slowdown crippling the Windows XP-based laptop of a friend of mine. With the view that Sysinternals offered into the inner workings of Microsofts typically closed operating system, I was able to track down the troublea corrupt Windows Update log file that the system kept trying to read, causing the drive to thrash endlessly.
At the time, I thought that the Sysinternals tools were the sorts of things Microsoft should be building itself, and its good to see that Microsoft appreciates their value. Making the deal all the sweeter is the fact that it was Winternals developer Mark Russinovich who brought to light Sonys rootkit DRM (digital rights management) schemeall in all, an excellent move by Microsoft.