I see this news as being potentially very very good for ambisonics.
My setup for authoring ambisonics is Ableton Live connected to PureData… I do all the composing/sound design in Ableton …. and all the tricky ambisonic processing in PureData. But the integration is kind of crap… because I need to control X/Y/Z positioning using MIDI .. and editing 3 channels of 1 dimensional MIDI data is kind of irritating.
If Ableton and Cycling74 (authors ofMAX/MSP … same concept as PureData) hooked up with a strategic partnership, that could mean a clean integration of the difficult to use but powerful object-patcher style of software, with Ableto’s philosophy on ease of use … now that is potentially exciting… bring it on!