Microsoft and Ford to Announce Joint Development Project
December 30, 2006 7:25 PM
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Microsoft's "Sync" to be integrated into Ford models
When MTV pimps your ride, it will also come with security updates
As 2007 dawns on us, automaker Ford and software powerhouse Microsoft are expected to announce plans for Windows based, in-car computers.
Sync, the title of the new line of software, cannot yet drive our cars for us, but will help drivers with their computing in important ways. Once the new Windows software is integrated into new Ford vehicles, cosumers will be able to utilize the handsfree cell phone capabilities, media downloads, automatic navigation updates and e-mail.
No comments have been made by Ford representatives, but Microsoft officials have acknowledged the joint announcement of the project. The public can expect the announcements to be made during media days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, beginning Jan. 7, and the Consumer Electronics Show which opens Jan. 6.
The Wall Street Journal
released information stating that the technology will be available in two models of the 2007 Ford lineup. It is expected to be available for all Ford models in 2008. It is also said to be integrated into Lincoln and Mercury models in the future.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates,
in a quote to
Detroit Free Press
, said that to set apart car companies in the future, vehicles will have features such as HD screens, voice recognition, electronic calenders, cameras and navigation systems that include road and traffic conditions. The upcoming Sync project will provide a platform to centralize and standardize all of those functions.
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RE: As if Ford doesn't already have enough problems...
12/31/2006 5:09:29 AM
Did you know that Almost 80% of the world uses Windows? Yeah didn't think you knew... Goto the toilet and wipe your mouth.
Just because Microsoft basically adding windows to in-car computers, DOESN'T mean that stuff like, the Electronic Transmission, Fuel Injection etc is going to be handled by the Windows Operating system.
I do Agree, I like going for a drive, In any conditions that the weather may be out-putting at the time.
I personally will pass on the bells and whistles, And just have the Uber Thumpin' Stereo system.
And Microsoft isn't as bad as what it used to be, The Win9x/ME days are gone, Now we just have to nail into there heads about the DRM stuff, And we should be happy!
And do you have any proof of the Consumer Fraud? Didn't think so, What about all the stolen copy's of windows being handed around over the years? (I admit, I have done it a few times). And I doubt Ford would go under because a problem with a "Simple" computer used to display movies, Calendars, and maps etc. (Even though I'm not a Ford person, I like the Holden Commodore allot better).
"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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