BMW, Microsoft to bring Skype for Business to 5 Series cars

Author Tim Pollard is let loose on the next generation of BMW Connected

Author Tim Pollard is let loose on the next generation of BMW Connected

Selected BMW 5-Series cars with the Bavarian vehicle maker's iDrive system can now use Skype for Business, as well as Office 365, while in transit.

Now, the companies want busy, BMW-owning executives to never miss another conference call or Skype meeting due to traffic jams. Drivers will use the mounted display and their voice to navigate BMW's iDrive menu system and make calls. This all comes after Microsoft and BMW previously partnered with the technology giant in 2016 to create the Open Mobility platform and help drivers who rely on Office 365 at work to extend the services to their BMW auto. "With the dawn of autonomous cars we see a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office". BMW and Microsoft took another step to help its drivers be even more efficient on the go. Keep in mind BMW also revealed earlier this year that it plans to integrate Microsoft's Cortana, as part of Microsoft's Connected Vehicle vision, so that drivers can access the digital assistant through their dashboard screen and see their to-do lists, reminders, news, and more. At first machine with a built-in app will start to sell in the U.S., the UK, Germany and France.

"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", BMW senior vice president Dieter May adds.

This service was specially focused on those drivers who were already using Office 365 at work and wanted to extend the services to their cars. We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility. "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".

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.

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