This excerpt taken from the ADSK 10-K filed Mar 30, 2006.
Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya
Autodesk 3ds Max software and Autodesk Maya software are comprehensive professional 3D modeling, animation and rendering applications providing advanced tools for character animation, feature film and game development, design visualization and visual effects production. Animators, designers, film and game developers benefit from unified, object-oriented platforms, customizable real-time interfaces, multiple-processor support and 3D graphics acceleration capabilities, as well as support for a wide range of third party plug-ins. We intend to continue development of both Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya and to improve the workflow integration of the two products as these products address different customer needs in the design workflow.