In Thursday's Financial Times there is a picture on the front of the
Companies and Markets section of Gates and Charles (head of Dassault)
smiling and shaking hands with the caption:
"...met in Paris yesterday to unveil a linkup that will see the French
Group's three dimensional design software integrated into Microsoft's
servers and software."
There's no article to go with it. Anyone got any information on this? Could
be a big thing for us S/W users if they are including S/W and not just their
"high end" software.
Here is what UpFront Ezine had to say:
First Mover Advantage: The Dassault-Microsoft Agreement
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Dassault Systèmes and Microsoft held a pair of press conferences last week
to announce an agreement whose terms left the media scratching their
collective heads. You can get a sense of the puzzlement from the Q&A summary
posted at our Weblog:
Since then, we have reviewed hours and pages of press material and arrived
at this summary of what the agreement means:
This is a five-year agreement that allows Microsoft to better understand the
collaboration needs of the high-end 3D CAD and PLM market. For Dassault, it
permits input from Microsoft to make their PLM software work better on
platforms provided by Microsoft, such as dot-Net and SharePoint. It also
involves a secret sum of money.
In our opinion, the benefits to each company are: * Microsoft -- lowered resistance by Dassault customers to purchasing
Windows-based software. Like the SAP agreement, this gives Microsoft access
into areas it does yet understand.
* Dassault Systèmes -- Catia, Enovia, and Delmia were developed to run on
UNIX, but have since been ported to Windows. This agreement lets Dassault
figure out how to make the software more Windows-friendly. It is our opinion
that Dassault received a cash infusion from Microsoft, perhaps in the order
of US$150 million. Both companies deny that Microsoft purchased a share of
Analyst John Moore of ARC Advisory Group thinks that large customers pushed
Dassault to do more with Windows: "I bet it was Boeing. They're using the
Dassault platform for their 7E7 initiative, and probably didn't want to glue
together Enovia on WebSphere and SmartTeam on .NET."
The agreement ensures that Dassault's CAD software is the first to benefit
to changes in Windows and other Microsoft software. As emphasized by William
Gates, from now on it's Dassault first, other CAD vendors next. Hence,