Microsoft to Offer Skype for Business in New BMW 5 Series

Microsoft and BMW team up to bring Skype for Business to the new BMW 5 series

Microsoft and BMW team up to bring Skype for Business to the new BMW 5 series

Drivers will use the mounted display and their voice to navigate BMW's iDrive menu system and make calls.

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

Microsoft's connected auto strategy took a new turn today when the Redmond, Wash. tech titan announced it had teamed with German automaker BMW to integrate its Skype for Business enterprise communications platform into the infotainment systems found in BMW 5 series vehicles. 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.

In what is good news for BMW enthusiasts in the UK, the vehicle maker is planning to roll-out Skype for Business initially in the UK, France and Germany before expanding the feature to other countries.

In 2016, Microsoft and BMW announced a partnership to build a platform called Open Mobility, which powers BMW Connected, BMW's personalized mobility companion powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud.

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New BMW 5 Series cars will let drivers take Skype meetings while on the road, with the system accessed via the built-in entertainment system. "We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility".

Earlier this year, BMW also announced plans to integrate Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, into some of its cars.

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

Skype be install in the BMW fifth series. "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. The software giant is betting on productivity tools for cars.

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