Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Microsoft installs Skype in the BMW fifth series

Microsoft and BMW team up to bring Skype for Business to the new BMW 5 series Microsoft and BMW are bringing Skype for Business to 5 Series cars
Kayla Schwartz | 14 July, 2017, 15:56

BMW was at the forefront of the digital technology revolution in the automotive industry way back in 2001 when it debuted the BMW 7 Series with the first version of the iDrive system.

Skype for Business will make Skype meetings available in vehicle.

"With BMW Connected we offer a wide range of digital services created to help users with their daily mobility needs inside and outside of the auto", commented Dieter May, senior vice president at Digital Products and Services, at BMW in prepared remarks.

The Skype for Business Functionality will be integrated into BMW's iDrive system, with availability coming first in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, and other markers soon.

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The two companies formed a partnership in 2016 to build a platform called Open Mobility, which now powers BMW Connected personal mobility assistant. This will also users to receive alerts about upcoming meetings, get alerts when meetings are altered, and start meetings automatically without any manual input from the driver. "We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility". And BMW is one of the first automakers to integrate Office 365 services into its vehicles, starting with the new 5-series in late 2016.

The service will premiere in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, followed by other unspecified countries.

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. "The integration of productivity features in-car (like Exchange and Skype for Business) and personalized and contextual services will help customers with their day-to-day work and planning while they are on the road".

According to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), its Office 365 service has more than 100 million commercial monthly active users. 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.

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