Microsoft announces partnership with BMW to put Skype in your auto

Microsoft announces partnership with BMW to put Skype in your auto

This service is likewise fully integrated into the auto and is operated via the iDrive system.

Now, the companies want busy, BMW-owning executives to never miss another conference call or Skype meeting due to traffic jams.

BMW Digital Products and Services senior vice president Dieter May said: "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".

Skype for Business is set to be integrated into BMW's iDrive system in yet another new feature resulting from the on-going partnership between Microsoft and BMW.

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The move builds on a previous partnership involving Open Mobility, a platform that uses Microsoft's cloud to power BMW Connected, a personalized suite of driver aids and services delivered by a mobile app. Following the launch of the new BMW 5 series in December 2016, BMW became one of the first auto manufacturers to commercially offer Office 365 communications and collaboration services through Microsoft Exchange to drivers who already rely on Office 365 at work and want to extend the services to their vehicle.

From autumn 2017, BMW drivers will also enjoy the benefits of Microsoft's unified communication solution Skype for Business.

BMW will also allow integration with calendars, contacts, and to-do lists from Microsoft's Exchange service.

If you really can't let go of the office, even for a drive up the road, BMW has partnered with Microsoft to release the most expensive Skype accessory on the market. 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. Skype for Business handles both online calling and video conferencing. That service will roll out in Germany, France and the United Kingdom, and BMW will ponder expansion to other markets like North America afterwards. All this gadgetry will also be synchronized with the vehicle's voice recognition service.