Thursday, August 10, 2006


Microsoft buys Winternals and SysInternals. Mark and Bryce join Microsoft.

Microsoft bought Winternals and SysInternals and hired both Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell while I was on vacation. It is good news for the future of Windows as Mark will be working on the core of the Windows platform:

I’m joining Microsoft as a technical fellow in the Platform and Services Division, which is the division that includes the Core Operating Systems Division, Windows Client and Windows Live, and Windows Server and Tools. I’ll therefore be working on challenging projects that span the entire Windows product line and directly influence subsequent generations of the most important operating system on the planet. From security to virtualization to performance to a more manageable application model, there’s no end of interesting areas to explore and innovate.

I was worried about the future of the fantastic SysInternals tools but it looks like they can continue to work on them:

I’m pleased to report that Microsoft’s number one priority is not only keeping the tools freely available, but preserving the Sysinternals community including the newsletter, the forums, and my blog. While we’re still brainstorming how to make this successful in the long term, I’m pleased to announce the first step in the transition, which is the introduction of a new Sysinternals EULA, that I believe is even more permissive than the EULA in place before the Microsoft acquisition, since it allows for wider use of Sysinternals utilities within a company.

Good luck to Mark and Bryce on their adventure in Microsoft.

1 comment:

  1. Both Mark and Bryce have done some excellent work for years and have produced some of the most wonderful tools for windows. I hear Mark's been made a technical fellow in Microsoft (He's now among an elite group of only 14 people).