Microsoft and Dassault Systemes Launch Microsoft Virtual Earth -3DVIA

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

REDMOND, Wash., and PARIS, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dassault Systemes (DS), a world leader in 3-D and product life-cycle management (PLM) solutions, and Microsoft Corp. today launched Microsoft(R) Virtual Earth(TM) -3DVIA (Technology Preview). This free online application, developed by Dassault Systemes, allows consumers to imagine and create realistic 3-D models -- such as of buildings and structures -- then share them through Microsoft Virtual Earth and online communities.

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"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 of 3DVIA at Dassault Systemes. "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
       model a style of its own.

    -- 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 Systemes, 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 before the next release of the product. More information about Virtual Earth -3DVIA is available online at http://maps.live.com/Help/en-us/VE3DVIADownload.htm.

About Virtual Earth

The Virtual Earth platform is Microsoft's next-generation integrated set of powerful online mapping and search services that offer a variety of capabilities, including unique bird's-eye view, three-dimensional imagery, and aerial and satellite imagery. The Virtual Earth platform also powers a variety of consumer, enterprise and government applications that enable people to discover and explore a specific location. Virtual Earth powers Live Search Maps, Microsoft's online local search and mapping Web site. More information about the Virtual Earth platform is available at http://www.microsoft.com/virtualearth/default.mspx.

About 3DVIA

3DVIA is Dassault Systemes' brand for online 3D lifelike experiences. It establishes 3D as a universal media for consumer and professional communities, and allows anyone to imagine, play, and experience products and services used in our daily lives. Once perfected in the virtual world, these can be delivered in the physical world. The Virtools product line is part of 3DVIA. For more information about 3DVIA, go to: http://www.3dvia.com.

About Dassault Systemes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systemes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance. The Dassault Systemes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product -- SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design -- DELMIA for virtual production -- SIMULIA for virtual testing -- ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systemes or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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