Microsoft Purchases DesktopStandard

Microsoft says it has acquired DesktopStandard. The addition of DesktopStandard demonstrates Microsoft's commitment to help customers leverage the value of policy-based management and maximize the value of their investments in Microsoft Active Directory. "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", said DesktopStandard's CTO and cofounder Eric Voskuil, who will join Microsoft's Windows Enterprise Management Division in the role of Software Architect. "Customers will benefit now and into the future as our innovative team joins Microsoft in building the future of model- based policy management technologies".

DesktopStandard was chosen by Microsoft to supplement its Group Policy technology because of DesktopStandard's:
- Experience in policy-based management and tight integration with native Group Policy
- Mature Award-winning products that are proven in deployments
- Broad and loyal customer base
- Talented employees who are motivated to help customers succeed

DesktopStandard will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft while the DesktopStandard technology is transitioned to Microsoft. Customers can continue to purchase GPOVault, ProfileMaker, PolicyMaker Standard Edition and Share Manager from DesktopStandard and existing partners. ProfileMaker will be available only from existing DesktopStandard partners. Microsoft will continue to support customers according to the terms and conditions of existing agreements. Microsoft is not acquiring the PolicyMaker Application Security business.

PolicyMaker Application Security will be exclusively available from BeyondTrust Corporation, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of DesktopStandard. BeyondTrust is focused on enterprise security products that eliminate the need for security administrators to place trust in computers or users. BeyondTrust will continue to develop, sell and support PolicyMaker Application Security under the product name, BeyondTrust Privilege Manager.

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