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Skype coming to BMW cars

Skype coming to BMW cars

This functionality will be integrated and operated via BMW's 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.

At BMW's annual Innovation Days event in Chicago today, it announced that it's expanding on that existing offering with the addition of Skype for Business, "making Skype meetings available in vehicle".

BMW already uses Microsoft's Azure cloud technologies to power its BMW Connected companion through a jointly developed platform called Open Mobility. "We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility".

"By adopting Microsoft's Office suite of productivity tools, including Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business, BMW will give its drivers a new way to securely and safely extend their daily digital lives across their homes, their cars and workplaces".

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Microsoft and BMW are bringing Skype for Business to 5 Series cars

Additionally, the option of integrating calendars, contacts, lists, etc will also be offered.

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. 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.

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.

Skype will remind drivers about scheduled group conferences and schedule changes. That service will roll out in Germany, France and the United Kingdom, and BMW will ponder expansion to other markets like North America afterwards.

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