Microsoft and Dassault Systèmes Launch Microsoft Virtual Earth- 3DVIA

Consumers can shape and share ideas in 3-D in Virtual Earth

REDMOND, Wash., and PARIS  - Oct. 18, 2007- Dassault Systèmes (DS), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Microsoft Corp. today launched Microsoft® Virtual Earth™-3DVIA (Technology Preview). This free online application, developed by Dassault Systèmes, allows consumers to imagine, create realistic 3-D models - such as buildings and structures - and then share them through Microsoft Virtual Earth and online communities.

“Virtual Earth -3DVIA users will be able to build a world that mixes their future projects and ideas with real-life places, buildings and structures,” said Lynne Wilson, senior vice president and general manager, 3DVIA, Dassault Systèmes.  “Through Microsoft’s online geographic location mapping technology and our 3-D modeling and realistic visualization know-how, we have created a new level of realism within Virtual Earth that provides an unrestricted freedom for creativity and innovation.”

Users can download Virtual Earth -3DVIA for free and immediately begin using the fun, easy-to-use and intuitive application. Virtual Earth -3DVIA allows anyone to do the following with their ideas:

  • Create. With just a few clicks, users can easily design a 3-D model of their house, favorite building or any structure, then select from different visualization options, textures and colors to give their 3-D models a realistic appearance.
  • Publish. Users can upload their 3-D models to Virtual Earth, specifying an address or neighborhood so they can experience the model within a real-life context.
  • Share. Users can add their 3-D model to collections and share it with friends and colleagues through Web communities.    

”Our alliance with Dassault Systèmes, a company that has 26 years of technology experience in 3-D modeling, will help us bring a new level of realism to Virtual Earth,” said Stephen Lawler, general manager of Virtual Earth at Microsoft.  “Microsoft is committed to delivering the highest-quality product for our Virtual Earth customers, and this enhancement is another step toward fulfilling that commitment.”

Virtual Earth -3DVIA is being released as a technology preview to allow community feedback priori to the next release of the product. To access Virtual Earth -3DVIA, go to http://maps.live.com  (select the 3D tab and then add a 3D model in your Collections)

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating 'virtual twin experiences’ of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers push the boundaries of innovation, learning and production. 

Dassault Systèmes’ 20,000 employees are bringing value to more than 300,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit https://www.3ds.com