Google Buys SketchUp
Big news in the 3D software arena: Google has purchased @Last Software, makers of the incredibly popular 3D design software SkethUp. @Last says that the acquisition won't affect how the company produces its software or deals with its customers, but that the deal will be a huge help in expanding the market for SketchUp.
Think about it this way: we haven't traded in the Honda for a Porsche; we've strapped a rocket to the Honda. SketchUp is still SketchUp, but now it will go places it couldn't possibly have gone before.
from SketchUpdate 03.14.06
@Last has answers to many questions about the sale on their website.