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Microsoft Teases with "Windows in the Car" Concept



Microsoft is getting itself ready to go head to head with Apple - for vehicle infotainment technology this time.

Microsoft is looking to put the Windows Phone 8 operating system on built-in car displays via technology that simply connects the two.  It's a similar concept that was unveiled by Apple about a month ago named, "CarPlay" which received an equal share of criticism and support.

Windows in the Car uses MirrorLink technology, which combines a wide array of wired and wireless technologies into a "standard language" for smartphones to synchronize with car dashboards. MirrorLink is the official technology of the Car Connectivity Consortium, a group of auto and electronic manufacturers dedicated to developing open standards for smartphone to car communications.

The consortium includes auto manufacturers Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen, as well as car audio companies Alpine and Pioneer.

In contrast, Apple's CarPlay uses QNX which mirrors an iOS display in a similar manner to AirPlay's mirror feature for iOS and OS X devices.

Microsoft has not released details on the production date or if they are serious about making this technology available on production cars.

Microsoft Teases with "Windows in the Car" Concept Reviewed by Brandon Oh on 11:13 PM Rating: 5

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