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Short Take: Microsoft buys maker of Unix-based software

Software giant Microsoft announced the purchase of Softway Systems, a maker of tools that will tie Microsoft's Windows NT operating system to Unix-based software, for an undisclosed sum. Softway makes software called Interix, comprised of developer tools and utilities, that allows users to port Unix-based applications to NT. Microsoft said many of the company's employees would be retained, and it did not disclose product plans or pricing for the technology.

    Software giant Microsoft announced the purchase of Softway Systems, a maker of tools that will tie Microsoft's Windows NT operating system to Unix-based software, for an undisclosed sum. Softway makes software called Interix, comprised of developer tools and utilities, that allows users to port Unix-based applications to NT. Microsoft said many of the company's employees would be retained, and it did not disclose product plans or pricing for the technology.