Despite the hoopala Dassault created by having their ceo show up in Microsoft France offices alongside Bill Gates to show off their XML-based 3D format displaying 3D CAD images on a variety of hardware, Microsoft isn't confiring monopoly status on Dassault. No, no, no, no.
Today UGS wrote up a press release that they and Microsoft are showing how 3D CAD models can appear in non-CAD documents. I'll leave it to UGS's marketing department to explain how:
"As part of their work together, today at PDC05 the companies demonstrated a UGS PLM application creating a single file that included XAML, JT and PLM XML data by using the open packaging conventions formally known as XPS packages. That file was then viewed using the Windows Presentation Foundation, demonstrating how PLM users can now share files with Windows users who do not have a computer-aided design (CAD) or PLM software application installed on their PC."
So, what's the point? This announcement is about being able to view 3D CAD models in Vista, the next release of Windows, due in 2007, perhaps. We can view 2D and 3D CAD drawings right now in the current version(s) of Windows, without the acronyms brought to you by the letter X.