Autodesk melds design, engineering software in the cloud via Fusion 360

Summary:Autodesk's major push to the cloud follows close in step with another major design software competitor: Adobe.

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Autodesk has introduced what it is boasting to be the first suite of cloud-based software that combines design and engineering.

More specifically, Autodesk Fusion 360 is composed of mechanical, industrial and conceptual design tools that have been traditionally siloed into separate programs.

Now refashioned as an all-in-one type package delivered as a service, Autodesk Fusion 360 also taps into some other major enterprise software trends through social and collaboration trends, also made possible through the cloud-based model.

Autodesk's major push to the cloud follows close in step with another major design software competitor: Adobe.

Adobe has found incredible success with a cloud-first (and only) strategy for its Creative Suite —  albeit some customer complaints , which is bound to happen regardless of any change.

In prepared remarks, Autodesk senior vice president Robert Kross appeared to echo those cloud-favoring sentiments, positing that "we're in the midst of a new industrial revolution that places a premium on the ability to design and engineer products that are both beautiful and functional."

Ready for Mac and PC users, some of the features include secure cloud file storage and the ability to design 3D organic free-form modeling, surfaces and solids on a single platform.

Available immediately, Fusion 360 costs $25 per month per user with an annual contract required.

There are some discounts available for students and certain entrepreneurs, and anyone can have a crack at it for free for the next 90 days.

Topics: Cloud, Apps, Enterprise Software, Software, Software Development

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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