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Microsoft installs Skype in the BMW fifth series

14 July, 2017, 15:56 | Author: Nadine Todd
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This service is likewise fully integrated into the auto and is operated via the iDrive system.

Skype will be offered as an expansion of BMW Connected, the company's in-car infotainment system that's available across its range.

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.

Microsoft said that by adding Skype for Business to BMW computer systems, employees would be able to participate in Skype business meetings while in their cars.

Last year, the two companies came together for the development of a new platform, Open Mobility, which will power BMW Connected, supported by Microsoft Azure cloud. Additionally, the integration will enable drivers to access their contacts, to-do lists and calendars. "We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility".

"There are more than 100 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365 and many of those businesspeople use Skype for Business to facilitate meetings and calls at work".

At Microsoft, we believe that cars should be more than just a ride, and also be a personal office on wheels, helping people be productive and giving them time back to enjoy their lives.

Microsoft (msft) has been pushing its Skype for Business to corporate customers amid increasing competition from companies like Amazon (amzn) and Google (goog). The software giant is betting on productivity tools for cars. "Skype for Business represents another big step forward for our in-car connectivity and communication offer", said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, vice president of Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo Car Group, in a December 29, 2016 announcement.

BMW is planning to enable the Skype for Business feature in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom initially before it expanding it to other countries.

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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