Microsoft has released a number of programs as open source over the years, and today it digs deep into its back catalog to make 3D Movie Maker freely available to all.
First released in 1995, 3D Movie Maker lets you put together animated scenes using 3D characters, props, backgrounds, text, sound, and special effects. This release also comes with a build of BRender from Argonaut software. While it’s a welcome move, you shouldn’t get too excited by today’s news because there is a catch. Powerpoint Table Design
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Announcing the release of the files, Microsoft warns, "This project is unlikely to build successfully under modern hardware/software, but you can get started with compilation and get partial completed binaries."
It provides the following building instructions.
In order to make the software open source, the code was restored from the Microsoft corporate archives, third party permission (for software like BRender) was obtained, and developer names and aliases were removed (with the exception of current Microsoft employees who worked on the original release and agreed to keep their names in place).
You can access the files on the Microsoft 3D Movie Maker GitHub page here.