Microsoft, SGI turn up the heat on OpenGL

Microsoft Corporation and Silicon Graphics (SGI) today announced a strategic alliance to create a common, extensible architecture that will bring advanced and powerful graphics to the entire computer market.Code-named "Fahrenheit," the project will

Paul Thurrott

December 16, 1997

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Microsoft Corporation and Silicon Graphics (SGI) today announced a strategic alliance to create a common, extensible architecture that will bring advanced and powerful graphics to the entire computer market.Code-named "Fahrenheit," the project will create a suite of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for the Microsoft DirectX multimedia architecture for Windows 985/NT and SGI's UNIX-based systems. Fahrenheitwill incorporate Direct3D and DirectDraw APIs with SGI technologies such asOpenGL, OpenGL Scene Graph, and OpenGL Optimizer.

As part of the agreement, SGI will port its graphics software to Windows NT.

"Today, Silicon Graphics and Microsoft are defining a clear path for developers that enables both of us to expand the market for graphics," saidEd McCracken, chairman and CEO of Silicon Graphics. "This also marks Silicon Graphics' first step toward implementing its strategy to participate in the larger market for a graphically oriented Windows NT-based systems."

Development of Fahrenheit begins immediately, with portions of the APIsexpected over the next two years. For more information about Fahrenheit,please visit the SGI Fahrenheit site or the Microsoft DirectX site

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Paul Thurrott

Paul Thurrott is senior technical analyst for Windows IT Pro. He writes the SuperSite for Windows, a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE, and a daily Windows news and information newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE.

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