Softimage Announces Support for New Silicon Graphics OCTANE System

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 27, 1997 — Softimage Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., today announced support for the new Silicon Graphics® OCTANE
™workstation. This new platform delivers extraordinary levels of price/performance to customers of Softimage® 3D.

Softimage – among the first companies to support the new line – previewed the latest version of its cutting-edge 3-D animation software, Softimage 3D version 3.7, today at the Silicon Graphics launch event. Scheduled to ship in early spring, this new version of Softimage 3D will take full advantage of the OCTANE architecture, including multiprocessor, texturing and powerful I/O capabilities. Softimage will also support the OCTANE and O2
™
workstation with the next generation of Softimage 3D, code-named
“Sumatra.”

“Softimage is impressed by the architecture in the new OCTANE workstations,”
said Moshe Lichtman, president of Softimage.
“It allows users of Softimage 3D to create some of the best character animations interactively, even with fully textured scenes. We are especially excited by the great potential of combining the real-time capabilities of our next-generation product, Sumatra, with the OCTANE architecture to deliver new levels of functionality to the 3-D marketplace.”

“We have worked closely with Softimage to ensure that the combined solution of the Silicon Graphics hardware and Softimage 3D defines state-of-the-art 3-D animation,”
said Dan Vivoli, vice president of desktop marketing at Silicon Graphics.
“Customers can be sure that Softimage 3D takes full advantage of the power of the Silicon Graphics platform.”

Company Information

Founded in 1986, Softimage develops software for media-rich applications including video, film, interactive games and CD-ROM applications. Products include Softimage 3D (high-end animation), Softimage Eddie (compositing) and Softimage Toonz (2-D cel animation). The company was acquired in 1994 by Microsoft. Additional information about Softimage and Microsoft can be found via the Internet at (http://www.softimage.com/ ) and http://www.microsoft
.com/, respectively.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Softimage is a registered trademark of Softimage Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Silicon Graphics is a registered trademark and OCTANE and O2 are trademarks of Silicon Graphics Inc.

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