Microsoft In Talks To Bring Windows To Chrysler Cars

Redmond has always had grand plans for it Windows platform, and with the release of Windows 8 it is getting nearer to seeing its dream become a reality.

The company’s latest operating system already transcends form factors — it powers traditional desktops to notebooks and ultrabooks, even tablets and convertibles. Bring in Windows Phone 8 and Windows Embedded 8 into the picture and the ecosystem seems to look complete.

But Microsoft is not stopping here, it seems.

The software titan is reportedly in talks with Chrysler, the US car maker, to become the sole provider of the infotainment system installed in its cars.

You can find out more details on Automotive News which has all the insights, and it appears that Microsoft’s Uconnect 5.0 system that is powered by Windows and is already installed on Fiat 500L could replace the existing Uconnect system available in Chrysler models like the 2013 Ram 1500.

This particular system utilizes a 5-inch touchscreen display and supports an impressively wide array of devices that includes everything from smartphones and tablets.

If the deal goes through, Chrysler models could get this new system as soon as next year.

Microsoft has long envisioned and aimed to provide in-car connectivity for mobile devices, and a version of its infotainment system powered by Windows 8 would make all sorts of sense.

Now whether the software titan develops a new version of this software based on its flagship operating system remains to be seen, but it does open up a myriad of possibilities. Agreed?

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Important Clarification: Fiat’s Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system is not built on Windows 8 or Windows Embedded 8. It is built on the Windows Embedded Automotive platform. More details on Microsoft’s work with Fiat can be found here.