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Issue Date: August 2001

End-users benefit from collaboration between industry-standard technologies

1 August 2001

Microsoft has named Autodesk one of three Microsoft Global Partners of the Year 2001 for its leadership in providing Microsoft Windows-based solutions to customers worldwide. Autodesk, which provides market-leading design software, wireless development platforms, and point-of-location applications for manufacturing, building design and land development, and utilities, was selected for the Global Software Partner of the Year award in recognition of its comprehensive, long-standing support for Microsoft operating systems, such as Windows 9x, 2000 and Windows NT. It was also recognised for its commitment to developing customer solutions using new Microsoft technologies, such as .NET.
The company was honoured at the Microsoft Fusion 2001 Award Ceremony, Microsoft's worldwide certified partner conference, in Anaheim, California.
"Microsoft and Autodesk both provide industry standard technologies," says Errol Ashwell, Managing Director, Autodesk Africa. "This type of collaboration benefits end-users who can be secure in the knowledge that, with the backing of reputable technologies, they'll enjoy vastly reduced downtime. Technological support of a high quality will ensure that our design-centric customers can drive their businesses efficiently and remain competitive."
As far as the future goes, Autodesk is well positioned to work with Microsoft to improve both companies' future products. Its current development roadmap reflects inclusion of Microsoft's enterprise server, .NET web services, alternative PC devices, and desktop OS strategy.
Autodesk routinely works closely with Microsoft marketing and engineering teams, as well as their strategic partners, to support its customers with solutions enhanced by Microsoft tools and products.
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