Compuware got closer to Microsoft last week with the acquisition of NuMega Technologies. The $150 million (#90.9 million) purchase extends the firm's testing tools to software debugging, and will let Compuware take advantage of NuMega's cosy relationship with Microsoft. The acquisition, according to Compuware, turns it into a $1 billion (#606 million) company. Compuware has traditionally focused on providing testing and RAD tools across multiple platforms, whereas NuMega targets the Windows platform. The acquisition, according to Tom Herring, president and chief technology officer of NuMega, will give Compuware much-needed expertise in the Windows development tools market. "I have seen many Unix companies fail when coming to Windows," he said. "The mindset of the Windows developer is different. Usability is important." NuMega's flagship BoundsChecker error detection software was used by Microsoft during the development of Windows 95, and NuMega claims it was the first software company to receive Windows 95 code. The company also claims to have been among the first to develop Intel Pentium MMX extensions for its development tools. Joseph Nathan, president and chief operating officer at Compuware, commented: "(NuMega) significantly bolsters Compuware's commitment to Windows NT and is another step in implementing Compuware's strategy of becoming the leading worldwide provider of enterprise solutions for business applications on all computing platforms." He added: "We plan to leverage NuMega's Windows NT expertise across Compuware's current products and professional services." Compuware plans to extend its Uniface RAD tool and Fault-Xpert, QACenter, Xpediter and EcoSystems testing software in order to integrate technology from NuMega. NuMega's Nashua site in the US will join Michigan, Cupertino and Amsterdam to become the fourth R&D laboratory at Compuware. The NuMega laboratory will concentrate on Windows development and is expected to drive the company's Windows strategy in the long term.
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