Microsoft snaps up desktop management firm

Buys DesktopStandard, whose group management tools plug into the access and identity management features in Windows Server.

Microsoft has bought DesktopStandard, a developer of management tools for the software giant's Group Policy technology. Group Policy, found in in Active Directory in Windows Server, allows companies to handle access and identity management for a set of people from a central point.

The deal, announced by DesktopStandard on Monday, Microsoft to integrate several of the Portsmouth, N.H.-based company's extensions into its Group Policy tools. The extensions are: GPOVault, ProfileMaker, Dragnet, PolicyMaker Standard Edition, Registry Extension, Share Manager and Software Update. The agreement does not cover PolicyMaker Application Security, which will continue to be distributed by BeyondTrust, a former subsidiary of DesktopStandard. Financial terms of the dealwere not disclosed.