Microsoft joined Nvidia, AMD, Intel, Epic Games, and other team supporting the open-source 3D software.
Blender Foundation chairman Ton Roosendaal revealed that there are no restrictions on how the Corporate Gold sponsorship of €30,000/year can be used.
The team will use the money for general staff recruitment. The development fund has now reached the mark of $108,271/month, and the team's ultimate goal is to fund 20 core Blender developers.
Blender Foundation has also recently revealed eight full-time positions and they're now looking for several specialists.
The Blender Foundation’s blog post also added that Microsoft “makes use of Blender to generate synthetic 3D models and images of humans that can be used to train AI models”.
You can find the original announcement here.