Microsoft buys Caligari for Virtual Earth 3D expansion

By Kip Kniskern | Posted February 7, 2008 3 comments

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, and Caligari CEO Roman Ormandy makes the announcement on the trueSpace Community Forums.

Posted February 7th, 2008 at 2:27 am
  • WyzyrdMyrrlyn

    interesting

  • jaydee777

    I like live search better.

  • quikboy

    3D is nice, but I want more improvement on just the plain regular mapping side for Live Maps.

    How about info-related overlays (weather, counties, zip codes, etc.), gas prices in regular browsers, better imagery across the world, Street View-like thing, better support for other browsers, etc.

    Those are more important than the 3D side of Live Maps.