las vegas - Software giant Microsoft will integrate its cloud platform Azure, the digital assistant Cortana and Office 365 cars. Previously, Microsoft still plans to release Windows operating system to the car, but this strategy is the company from Redmond abandoned. The new platform, the Connected Vehicle Platform, later first shown this year, Microsoft announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Microsoft platform is an open system, so that carmakers are not attached to an operating system. The car builders can choose which components they can and can not use. Microsoft wants to present itself as a partner of the automotive industry and not as a competitor. The company will therefore not develop their own cars, but 'give carmakers the opportunity to focus on innovation rather than set up their own cloud infrastructure.
The intention is that Azure will do the hard work and processes all data collected in the car. That data can then be used, for example, directly to plan a route to a meeting or to show the status of the vehicle.
Nissan and BMW started experimenting with Microsoft services.