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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I hope not...
12/31/2006 10:17:46 AM
...at least not in THAT form.
Other than for niche needs where the driver already has a notebook computer, I don't think that monstrosity will do the job. Heck, there are car notebook mounts already, why that thing? Notebook computers can connect to the internet by the cellular network.
If it works, I think it will be because it won't look like Windows. Windows is decent as a desktop system, something for automobiles can't operate anything like that. At no time during driving should the user need to punch in characters or write anything to operate it. The controls need to be big too so it's easier to be sure to press the right button when the car is going over expansion joints, it's annoying to try to keep my finger pointed at the right place when there are variations and bumps in the road.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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