Eager to ensure its Windows claws extend deeper yet into the souls of all CAD users, Microsoft is joyfully adding "open" CAD formats to Vista, as well as to its PDF wannabe, XPS. At this Christmas season, the company is agnostic: 3D XML. 2D DWF. No problem. All are welcome:
I expect to see similarly self-importantly-worded press releases from UGS, et al, shortly.
Over at AECnews.com, Randall Newton records a telling statement by a Microsoft evangelist (there's that Christian theme again): "No software, no viewer."
A lie, of course, because there is software and a viewer involved. But the viewer is embedded in the operating system. A coup for Autodesk? No, a PR blunder. Because until now, the company could always boast about the number of downloads (10, 12, whatever million) of its DWF viewer. Now it won't be able to, anymore. Sure, they'll boast that DWF is now pervasive because it's in the OS, and so "everyone" has access to it . But we all know the truth: few will run Vista, and even fewer will use DWF because it's in Vista.