Microsoft to Offer Skype for Business in New BMW 5 Series


Microsoft Exchange will also integrate calendars, to-do lists and contacts using the car's voice and navigation systems.

"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", said Dieter May, the senior vice president of digital products and services at BMW. 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 vehicle.

BMW already uses Microsoft's Azure cloud technologies to power its BMW Connected companion through a jointly developed platform called Open Mobility.

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The new integration, announced on Microsoft's blog, will be initially offered in France, Germany and the United Kingdom with other countries to follow.

Skype for Business users can now place or join conference calls from the driver's seat - so long as they own a BMW.

While BMW is an early supporter of bringing a little piece of Microsoft's business communications ecosystem into passenger cars, it's not the first. "We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility". The application will be added and operated by BMW's iDrive system. That distinction belongs to Volvo. Now, the German automaker wants to offer Skype for Business to make business meetings available in the vehicle. The vehicles have offered access to other Office 365 services since December 2016. But, that could change, especially in the case of Google, which has been focusing on its Android Auto software to power the vehicle entertainment systems of auto companies, like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. "This is just the beginning of a completely new way of looking at how we spend time in the vehicle".