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A Windows Phone screen will project its content onto the infotainment display

Microsoft is looking to put the Windows Phone 8 operating system on built-in car displays via technology that simply connects the two.

According to The Verge, Microsoft showed off a new concept called Windows in the car, which allows Windows devices to mirror content on its screen into a touch-friendly car interface (such as an infotainment system).

Microsoft's Steve Teixeira took the stage at the Build 2014 conference to show off the new tech, which uses the connectivity standard Mirrorlink to project a Windows Phone's screen onto the infotainment system's display. 

[SOURCE: The Verge]

Mirrorlink is used by Nokia's Symbian phones and Sony's Xperia Z smartphone, but the tech is making its way into cars as automakers like Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, and Citroen started testing it. 

The actual interface looks like Windows 8 with live tiles, swiping gestures and places for apps, radio and navigation.

It's not clear when this will be available, as it's just a concept for now. Also, there's no word on whether any automakers have signed on for the Mirrorlink and Microsoft combo in their infotainment systems. 

Just last month, Apple announced a similar initiative that brings iOS to a car's infotainment system called CarPlay. It brings iPhone functionality to your automobile's dashboard, but it is not meant to be an all-or-nothing replacement operating system for what comes pre-installed on your automobile. Rather, it’s an easy-to-use interface that allows you to use your Apple gadget in the car. 

Like the iOS version, Microsoft's Windows in the car will likely also offer a user access to their music, email, texts, calendar and contacts information via voice commands (Apple's uses Siri of course, and it's possible we could see Cortana in Microsoft's finished product).

Microsoft just demonstrated Cortana at Build 2014 last week. 

Source: The Verge

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Great idea
By FITCamaro on 4/7/2014 3:03:50 PM , Rating: 2
Also let us use maps from our phone.

RE: Great idea
By inighthawki on 4/7/2014 3:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Could you clarify?

RE: Great idea
By Murloc on 4/7/2014 3:56:08 PM , Rating: 2
well being able to use Waze on the car's system would be a good use case imho.

RE: Great idea
By EasyC on 4/7/14, Rating: 0
RE: Great idea
By atechfan on 4/7/2014 7:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
Try reading the article. This is about an open standard, which would mirror your current phone to the car's screen. If Google and Apple play ball, then it shouldn't matter what your preferred platform is, it would work.

By Argon18 on 4/7/2014 5:19:48 PM , Rating: 1
Another gadget to further distract already-too-distracted drivers. The last thing I need is fellow motorists trying to figure out how to use some hokey touch-screen interface while negotiating rush hour traffic.

RE: Awesome
By Avatar28 on 4/7/2014 5:33:25 PM , Rating: 2
You're a bit late there. That horse is out of the barn, across the field and out of sight. Touchscreens are becoming more and more standard in cars (I believe it is standard equipment on the 2014.5 Camry for example). With the upcoming requirement for backup cameras in every new car, I don't see this trend reversing. They've got to have a screen anyways, might as well make it work the radio and everything else while they're at it.

RE: Awesome
By tayb on 4/7/2014 5:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
The last thing we need is giant advertisements along the roads which are designed to grab the attention of drivers and distract them from the road.

WP8 has horrible music control
By togrib on 4/7/2014 4:41:00 PM , Rating: 2
It's currently super convoluted to create or modify playlists in WP8. Hopefully they fix that with the new Xbox Music standalone app for WP8.1, otherwise this feature isn't very attractive to me.

By IronFusion on 4/7/2014 4:44:30 PM , Rating: 2
If SDKs for this were given out for free with a listing of compatible hardware choices for the console bits... I could see open-source communities take it and run. Being able to retrofit a console like this in older cars would be cool. An extension to build car model-specific firmware for these things could allow some bridging with OBd's to actually enable integration with car functions.

By jnemesh on 4/8/2014 3:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
Then just put "Metro" in my dash. I guarantee you, I will NEVER buy a car infested with Microsoft's software!

Windows could really shine here
By Rodimus14 on 4/8/2014 6:46:23 PM , Rating: 2
Optional screen(s) for the back seats where kids can watch same or different shows from the 'box'.
Act as an in car WiFi hotspot.
Sync with home network to cache new movies, music, etc.
Back screens could even host console type games.

What's news about this?
By wordsworm on 4/9/2014 12:58:48 PM , Rating: 2
My car is an ancient Toyota and it has six windows in it...

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