Microsoft Windows 7 Opens the Door to Bentley’s V8i ‘Immersive Design’

It Expands the ‘V8i Advantage’ to Include Touch, Intelligent Search, Enhanced Interactive Performance, Bentley DGN Reader for Windows, Flexible Deployment via Citrix Support, and More

May 26 - PHILADELPHIA – Be Together: The Bentley User Conference Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced at this annual gathering of infrastructure professionals that its V8i SELECTseries portfolio of multidisciplinary, interoperable software to design, build, and operate infrastructure fully exploits Microsoft Windows 7 functionality. This means Windows 7 users can most benefit from the many innovations that make up the ‘V8i advantage’ and achieve the highest performance from their Bentley information modeling software.
“Windows 7 and Bentley’s V8i portfolio are a winning combination for those involved in the design, construction, and operations of the world’s infrastructure,” said Jon C. Arnold, managing director, Worldwide Power & Utilities Industry, Microsoft. “Bentley’s V8i portfolio fully leverages the enhanced user experience, increased performance, and improved ability to find and access information that Windows 7 delivers. As a result, Bentley software users can take advantage of multi-touch interfaces and multiscreen monitors, save time with faster graphics generation, access information within AEC models for business uses as live data, view information models from just about anywhere using Microsoft Outlook and Explorer, and much more.”
Bentley strongly advises all of its users upgrading to Windows 7 to also move up to the latest Bentley V8i level of innovation in order to fully benefit from:
  • a more intuitive and immersive “touch” experience
  • support for a full multi-touch interface within MicroStation and applications
  • a new customizable touch-menu specifically designed for fingertip access to user-definable commands for view, review, and authoring
  • enhanced interactive performance
  • support for the DirectX APIs, providing consistent multiscreen monitor performance no matter what graphics card hardware and software configurations are employed
  • support for DirectX 11 (due out this summer), providing a dramatic increase in graphics performance
  • authoring using gestures
  • intelligent, “immersive” search and exploration of AEC models
  • Bentley’s new DGN Reader for Windows 7, for searches, thumbnails, and model previews of DGNs and i-models in Microsoft Outlook and Explorer
  • broader managed access to project data via Bentley Navigator, ProjectWise web parts, Internet Explorer, and SharePoint
  • easier, more flexible deployment
  • Citrix support (when required) for application virtualization
  • delivery of software enhancements without disruption to users’ workflows through incremental upgrades
Bentley also articulated the following phased support strategy corresponding to Microsoft’s operating system cycles:
  • Bentley’s Windows 7-specific development and support will be for V8i only
  • Forthcoming 64-bit editions will require Windows 7
  • Microsoft has already deprecated support for Windows XP and will “retire” it in 2014
  • Bentley will not support Bentley software running on “retired” Microsoft operating systems
  • Bentley will truncate support for V8/2004 in 2014
For additional information about Bentley’s new support policy, visit For additional information about Bentley’s comprehensive V8i portfolio of software for sustaining infrastructure, visit
About Be Together: The Bentley User Conference
Be Together: The Bentley User Conference, taking place this week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, enables the architects, engineers, constructors, geospatial and operations professionals, and CAD managers who regularly exchange ideas virtually on the Be Communities professional networking site to connect, communicate, and learn from each other in person. In addition, guided by Bentley product experts, attendees acquire knowledge crucial to the adoption of information-modeling best practices as they earn Bentley Institute Learning Units to maximize return on time invested in professional development. The conference hosts nine tracks: Roads and Bridges, Structural, Water, Geospatial, Utilities and Communications, Building, Plant, AssetWise, and MicroStation and ProjectWise. For additional information about the conference, visit
About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and $500 million in annual revenues. Since 2001, the company has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Additional information about Bentley is available at and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities.
To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit
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