Free MSP Plug-ins Surface at SpiceWorld

As we mentioned briefly, Spiceworks, the free ad-supported remote services platform, has wrapped up the Spiceworld Austin 2009 conference. The biggest news to come out of the event was hundreds of free IT plug-ins for their purported 775,000-strong Spiceworks user base, which spans IT managers and service providers. Here's the deal.

The plug-ins, available here, were developed in collaboration with companies like Intel, Dell, Citrix, and Cisco, as well as active Spiceworks community members. They enable functionality like integration with LogMeIn, software license management, or even keyboard shortcuts. They've already been downloaded 50,000, and more are coming, Spiceworks says.

"What we're seeing is the leading world's tech vendors are coming to Spiceworks and paying us money to build features and apps into our platform to help manage their products," says Jay Hallberg, Spiceworks cofounder and VP of marketing.

That sounds like a lofty claim. But all of those plug-ins suggest Spiceworks has reached critical mass.

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