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Microsoft wants to install Windows in your car

The software that is. Though we wouldn't say no to an extra sunroof...

Microsoft has shown off its new Windows in the Car platform which is designed to, well, put Windows in your car.

In a presentation at its annual Build conference, the software giant showed off its future rival to Apple’s CarPlay system.

Microsoft’s in-car solution is based on MirrorLink, a global standard which offers integration between a smartphone and a car’s entertainment system.

It’s backed by the Car Connectivity Consortium which is made up of vehicular giants like Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen, as well as HTC, Nokia, LG, Qualcomm and many more.

The MirrorLink system supports connectivity over USB, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and Microsoft’s solution offers a very familiar touch-friendly Windows 8 interface, with some additional tweaks.

Microsoft’s new voice-controlled assistant Cortana is of course expected to play a heavy role in navigation and commands, minimising physical contact with controls while driving.

Navigation, music and internet radio apps all appear to be supported and, like Apple’s CarPlay solution, the system is dependant on a mobile device to power it, essentially tuning your vehicle into a one-tonne smartphone dock on wheels.

Apple’s CarPlay system is of course proprietary, which makes Microsoft’s MirrorLink-based solution more flexible for car manufacturers and buyers alike.

There’s no word on a release date for Microsoft’s in-car solution, but seeing as Microsoft is already testing the software out in actual cars, we should hopefully see the first models roll out by this time next year.

READ MORE: Apple CarPlay puts your iPhone on your car dashboard

[via Engadget]

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Esat has been a gadget fan ever since his tiny four-year-old brain was captivated by a sound-activated dancing sunflower. From there it was a natural progression to a Sega Mega Drive, a brief obsession with hedgehogs, and a love for all things tech. After 7 years as a writer and deputy editor for Stuff, Esat ventured out into the corporate world, spending three years as Editor of Microsoft's European News Centre. Now a freelance writer, his appetite for shiny gadgets has no bounds. Oh, and like all good human beings, he's very fond of cats.

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