Avecto Ltd, the leader in Windows privilege management for corporate desktops, today announced that it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions, recognising Avecto's expertise and total impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified partner, Avecto has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers' needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

As part of the verification process the Avecto Privilege Guard product was awarded the "Compatible with Windows 7" logo, after passing Microsoft-designed tests for compatibility and reliability on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7. Privilege Guard enables organizations to adopt the principle of least privilege. It is no longer necessary to assign admin rights to users, as these rights can now be assigned dynamically to applications, tasks and scripts. Privilege Guard enables users to log on with minimal rights and empowers them to perform their day to day role, without compromising the integrity and security of the standard desktop build.

"We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program. This allows us to clearly promote our expertise and relationship with Microsoft to our customers," said Tony Bolland, CEO. "The benefits provided through our Gold Certified status will allow us to continue to enhance the offerings that we provide for customers."

Clare Barclay, Director, Partner Strategy and Programs, Microsoft UK said: "Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities. They need to trust in someone that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. As a Microsoft Gold partner, Avecto can offer its customers the reassurance of a truly professional organisation with the backing of Microsoft's resources."

The Microsoft Partner Program represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognises partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners' businesses be successful.