Microsoft acquires Simplygon to bolster its '3D for everyone' vision

"3D for Everyone" is Microsoft's goal with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, and that goal just got a little boost thanks to the company's latest acquisition. Microsoft announced that it recently snapped up Simplygon, whose 3D creation and optimization tech will help bolster the Redmond giant's own efforts in the 3D arena.

From Microsoft:

Simplygon's technology and talent will strengthen our position in 3D creation, making it easier to capture, create and share in 3D. It builds on and extends our aspirations to empower a new wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Creators Update, Paint 3D and our online creator community at

For its part, the Simplygon team took to its website to express excitement about its newfound relationship with Microsoft:

Throughout our journey, we've been laser focused on helping developers push the boundaries of 3D. From our early days delivering advanced level-of-detail solutions, to the adoption of Simplygon SDK by most leading AAA game development studios, and our more recent expansion into enterprise AR/VR, Simplygon has made automatic 3D data-optimization increasingly more accessible to developers. Our next challenge is 3D For Everyone, the ultimate accessibility! We're thrilled to join forces with Microsoft to make this happen.

As Microsoft notes, alongside Simplygon's tech, the company's leadership will also be joining Microsoft to lend their expertise around 2D creation and optimization. Given the emphasis on 3D with everything from Paint 3D to Edge in HoloLens in the Creators Update, it will definitely be interesting to see what Simplygon might bring to the table.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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