Monday, October 27, 2008

Will Microsoft targets Autodesk Next?

Autodesk has acquired Softimage recently. This might not an important news to those programmers/software developers. But it might make a huge impact to those 3D Modellers, since now we sees 3ds Max, Maya, and Softimage are now under one roof. How are Autodesk going to position each of them, since they share so much similarities among them?

(From left to right: Autodesk 3ds Max, Softimage, Autodesk Maya)

So do you still remember these names?

1) WordStar (word processor application)
2) Lotus 1-2-3 (spreadsheet program)
3) Borland & Watcom C Compiler (C compiler)
4) OpenGL (3D graphics API)

These are the software products that once lead in its own fields, and now Microsoft had beat them with its own products, with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Visual C++ & Direct 3D, respectively.

After defeating several software giants, MS is targeting Adobe, with its SilverLight & Expression Studio. How long will Adobe (and Flash) last? Will Microsoft targets Autodesk next, especially MS has bought Carigari, the creator of trueSpace? Let's wait and see.

p/s: Dear developers, you might interest to see how .NET can be used in Autodesk product as well, at here: Developing for AutoCAD® Using F#
Gentle reminder, you might need to prepare yourself for it sooner or later :)

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