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Microsoft and Dassault Systèmes Expand Alliance Into Virtual Earth


Microsoft’s Virtual Earth platform combined with Dassault Systèmes’ technology will enable a more immersive and realistic 3-D environment.

REDMOND, Wash., and PARIS. — Microsoft Corp. and Dassault Systèmes (DS), a world leader in 3-D and product lifecycle management solutions, today announced the extension of their alliance, committing to add advanced new features to Microsoft’s Virtual Earth™ platform. Combining Microsoft’s geolocalization technology with DS’s proven 3-D modeling and realistic visualization know-how, this alliance will enable consumers to add an entirely new level of realism within Virtual Earth, providing an unrestricted freedom for creativity and innovation.

“Together, our technologies will allow for a fusion of the real and virtual worlds that unleashes our imagined world and bridges it with the one we live in,” said Bernard Charlès, president and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “Our lifelike 3-D modeling solution will provide a robust dimension to Microsoft’s powerful, immersive online mapping and visualization experience.”

“Our alliance with Dassault Systèmes represents a significant commitment to delivering an ever-increasing level of realism within the Virtual Earth platform,” said Stephen Lawler, general manager of Virtual Earth at Microsoft.

This strategic alliance will leverage DS’s exact 3-D modeling technologies, which are based on its CATIA world-class 3-D modeling capabilities. These capabilities will seamlessly integrate with Virtual Earth, facilitating design reuse and modifications for quicker design ramp-ups and innovations.

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