Monday, 7 April 2014

Microsoft To Put Windows In Cars

As part of the things Microsoft revealed during its conference (Build 2014) last week is it's Windows in Car concept. This is one of the several concept the company is working on. When Microsoft finally launches this, it will compete with Apple's CarPlay. 

The idea allows Windows devices to mirror what's shown on screen into a touch- and car-friendly interface. The current prototype uses the connectivity standard Mirrorlink, an alternative to Apple's CarPlay system. Mirrorlink is currently used by Nokia's Symbian phones and Sony's Xperia Z handset, but it's expected to gain broader support if infotainment systems start to use the standard more.

Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, and Citroen are all working on cars with Mirrorlink support, and after market car radio manufacturers Alpine and Pioneer are backing it.

The Windows in the car concept essentially extends the functionality of a Windows Phone directly into a built-in car display. During the demo — which crashed at one point, demonstrating it's clearly a concept — Teixeira describes how developers will be able to create apps that are designed for the car. A marketplace is shown in some parts of the user interface, and it all looks a lot like a miniature version of Windows 8. There's swiping between tiles and the main interface, and sections for radio, maps, and apps.

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