The operating system, that is. Almost all cars have windows of some sorts. But Microsoft is now developing a completely new technology that brings its OS into vehicles.
This new flavor of the platform will give drivers control over a number of options and tools, straight from the infotainment system installed on the vehicle. The system looks to be completely optimized for touch (as it should be), and the company’s Metro design seems to be put to good use here.
Microsoft posted a video session from BUILD 2014 on Channel 9 that shows that this new system is still in development stage — in fact, the company calls this just a prototype for now.
But it still provides a look at the potential this concept holds.
Drivers will be able to connect their Windows powered devices (tablets, smartphones) to the infotainment system on vehicles using the Mirrorlink connectivity standard.
As this report over at The Verge states, Mirrorlink is already used by a number of car makers, including Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota and more, meaning Microsoft should have little trouble finding partners that could adapt this new technology.
Better yet, Nokia also stands behind Mirrorlink — Lumia devices using this connectivity option in the near future is pretty much a given, then.
Now, while the company has not provided nay details on when this feature will be ready, it did show off an early version in the video above. And one highlight of this new system is the integrated app store that enables drivers to download and install custom applications.
A few of these apps will be offered by default, including radio, maps, and managers to easily access stored content on smartphones and other mobile devices. Playing music files remotely? You got it, bud.
What we do need right now, however, is a name for this Windows In The Car technology.