Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

BMW Works With Microsoft To Release World's Most Expensive Skype Accessory

BMW Works With Microsoft To Release World's Most Expensive Skype Accessory

German car-maker BMW has entered a partnership with Microsoft, and as a result you can expect a lot of the latter's connectivity features to be integrated into BMW's cars. Now, the German automaker wants to offer Skype for Business to make business meetings available in the auto.

Thursday, at BMW's annual "Innovation Days" event in Chicago, BMW announced it will expand those services to include Skype for Business, making Skype meetings available in vehicle.

Skype for Business users can now place or join conference calls from the driver's seat - so long as they own a BMW.

Microsoft and BMW partnered on a new initiative called Open Mobility in 2016; this is the platform on which BMW Connected runs. "We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility".

The BMW 5 series, which was launched in December 2016, is one of the first auto manufacturers to commercially offer Office 365 communications and collaboration services through Microsoft Exchange. BMW will also enable tighter integration with calendars, contacts, and to-do lists all from Microsoft's Exchange service.

BMW today announced during their "Innovation Days" event in Chicago that they will be teaming up with Microsoft to bring Skype for Business to the new BMW 5 series.

Skype be install in the BMW fifth series. As pilot, the services will first be available in Germany, France and the United Kingdom, followed by other markets. Skype for Business handles both online calling and video conferencing. But, that could change, especially in the case of Google, which has been focusing on its Android Auto software to power the vehicle entertainment systems of auto companies, like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Roadside Skype meetings aside, Volvo and Microsoft are also exploring how to incorporate Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, for voice-enabled intelligent services.

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