Microsoft opens up its wallet for open source software Blender

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft is now a Corporate Gold Member of the Blender Foundation's Development Fund.
  • Blender is an open source creation suite used for modeling, animation, rendering, and more.
  • Microsoft's membership began on July 1, 2020.

Microsoft continues to show its support for the open source community, this time with a pledge to support Blender, the open source creation suite. Blender announced in a press release earlier this week that Microsoft has joined the Blender Foundation's Development Fund as a Corporate Gold member. Microsoft joined the Development Fund as of July 1, 2020.

According to Blender's corporate memberships page, a Corporate Gold membership comes at a cost of €30,000. Despite that page's information, Blender did not disclose how much Microsoft is contributing.

"Microsoft makes use of Blender to generate synthetic 3D models and images of humans that can be used to train AI models," says Blender Foundation Chairman Ton Roosendaal in Blender's press release. Roosendaal adds, "For researchers, having access to high quality free/opensource 3D software has proven to be of great benefit for scientific projects."

Blender is a popular 3-D creation suite that people use for modelling, animation, rendering, and more.

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