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December 13, 2005

Microsoft and Autodesk broaden strategic alliance

Posted by David Hunter at 9:45 AM ET.

Press release:

Autodesk, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced an expansion of their existing strategic alliance to enable customers to more easily create, manage, and share critical design data at every stage of the project and product life-cycle processes. The companies announced the completion of the first phase of the expanded alliance, which includes the availability of new Autodesk DWF (Design Web Format) functionality to allow customers to easily integrate design information from Autodesk applications with Microsoft(R) Office applications and Microsoft Business Solutions-Great Plains(R) and Microsoft Business Solutions-Axapta(R), now part of Microsoft Dynamics(TM).

As a part of the expanded alliance, the companies also agreed to further align their respective technologies, including expanded Microsoft support for Autodesk’s DWF functionality and plans for Autodesk to support Microsoft XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language).

At the least, the latter implies a version of Autodesk supporting the graphics bells and whistles provided by Avalon in Vista and perhaps in the backported version coming for Windows XP as well.

Filed under Alliances, Autodesk, Axapta, Coopetition, Dynamics, Great Plains, MBS, OS - Client, Office, Technologies, WPF, Windows Vista, Windows XP, XAML

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