Microsoft acquires trueSpace creator Caligari

The Virtual Earth team has grown once again with the acquisition of Caligari Corporation, a small company that has been pioneering 3D modeling and animation since it was founded in 1986.

In 1994, Caligari released the famous trueSpace, a powerful 3D graphics and animation package (originally for Amiga and now for Windows). Caligari CEO Roman Ormandy, the man who heads the team that is based in California and Slovakia, has brought trueSpace through many releases over its 20-year history.


According to the company's corporate fact sheet, Caligari has always focused on using visual communication in various markets. Ormandy emphasized that his development team and Caligari's community of Beta testers will remain the same. He is also "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."

If you still aren't persuaded that Microsoft made an excellent acquisition, these images and animations might change your mind. Caligari may be just what Microsoft needs to push its Virtual Earth service way ahead of the competition. "Specifically we will be working with the Virtual Earth team which is in the process of building out an immersive 3D Web experience," said Ormandy.

Details of the acquisition should become available once Microsoft posts its press release.

source: arstechnica.com



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