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Microsoft Shows Commitment To Non-Windows Management

Microsoft Corp. has taken a minority stake in a company that ties the software giant's management tools to Linux and other non-Windows platforms, indicating that Microsoft is intensifying efforts to have Windows products work better in heterogeneous environments.

In addition to the investment in Vintela Inc., Microsoft also drew closer as a partner to the Lindon, Utah., company through more extensive product support and licensing agreements, Vintela announced on Tuesday.

Vintela sells management-extensions software that enables companies to tie Unix, Linux and Mac operating systems to Microsoft's Systems Management Server 2003, which provides software and hardware inventory, software distribution and other management functions.

In addition, Vintella plans to release in the first half of 2005, software extensions for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, which monitors IT systems for potential problems.

Microsoft and Vintela did not disclose the amount of the minority investment, but that deal along with the other agreements was an indication that the larger company does not want to lose sales of its management tools to other vendors that provide cross-platform support, Peter Pawlak, analyst for Directions on Microsoft said.

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