Microsoft Forges Smart Partnerships

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2006-07-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 trouble—a 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) scheme—all in all, an excellent move by Microsoft.

The other smart Microsoft move to catch my eye was the companys July 17 announcement of a partnership with XenSource, the commercial arm of the Xen hypervisor project. While Microsoft doesnt appear to be adopting Xens hypervisor for use in future versions of Windows, Microsoft and XenSource have agreed to work together on interoperability between Xen and Microsofts own (as yet unseen) hypervisor technology.

Im a big fan of virtualization on commodity hardware because it enables companies to get more out of their investments while leaving them free to opt, where most fitting, for a mix of operating system platforms on a single machine. Ill hold off on further breathlessness over this announcement until we begin seeing its fruit, but the bridge-building move by Microsoft is certainly encouraging.

Senior Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at jason_brooks@ziffdavis.com.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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