Microsoft's Creature House Acquisition

Earlier today we reported that Microsoft had acquired "certain assets" from Creature House Ltd., a company that develops illustration and animation software for Macintosh and Windows systems. These include Expression, a vector illustration application, and LivingCels, an animation that had just reached the public preview stage when the acquisition was apparently finalized.

Since the time of our initial report, a Microsoft spokesperson responded with a brief statement regarding the acquisition. "Microsoft posted a public notice in September 2003 that was in the final stages of an acquisition of Creature House, a small software company based in Hong Kong. Creature House is a privately held company and the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed." Though Microsoft said it previously posted a public notice about the deal, the acquisition became apparent only recently when a new Microsoft copyright notice appeared on Creature House's Web site, along with the following statement: "Microsoft has completed the purchase of certain Creature House assets. Please continue to check back at this website for further information regarding availability of the Expression and LivingCels products."

News source: Digital Media Designer

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