Microsoft continues to invest in Virtual Earth, especially in the area of 3D, announcing yesterday it has acquired Caligari, makers of trueSpace, a 3D modeling program. Last December, Microsoft also acquired MultiMap, a London based mapping service, and in October announced a partnership with Dessault Systems to provide 3DVia for Virtual Earth 3D.
Steve Lombardi has more on the Caligari announcement on the Virtual Earth / Live Maps blog:
Following on December's announcement that the UK's Multimap is now part of Microsoft, I'm really excited to share the news that the Virtual Earth team has grown once again. This time in the field of 3D modeling and animation. Caligari, makers of the amazing trueSpace, joined the Virtual Earth team here at Microsoft this week. Roman Ormandy heads the team that is based in California and Slovakia that has brought trueSpace through many releases over its 20 year history going back to its birth on the Amiga computer in the late 80's. Here's a great timeline that takes you through the history of the company and their software.
Caligari CEO Roman Ormandy makes the announcement on the trueSpace Community Forums:
[…]Caligari Corp has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation. Specifically we will be working with the Virtual Earth team which is in the process of building out an immersive 3D Web experience. If you haven't seen it yet check it out using the 3D mode at http://maps.live.com
I am deeply convinced that union of Caligari technologies and the scope of Virtual Earth project and vision behind it creates the perfect home for us and new opportunities for each one of you as part of the Virtual Earth community.[…]
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