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Skype to be integrated in BMWs says BMW senior vice president

The BMW brand has always been one of the top luxury brands in the world. In fact, not only luxury but for business too. Its cars are both beautifully designed and functional boasting style and originality as well as being integrated with the latest car technologies available today.

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In 2016, Microsoft and BMW partnered to build a platform called Open-Mobility, which powers BMW Connected, BMW’s personalized mobility companion powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud. BMW integrated the technology into their cars which enabled its drivers access to Office 365 communications and collaboration services through Microsoft Exchange. BMW later announced on Thursday, that it will extend its services to offer Skype for Business. Further enabling its drivers, especially business class, to take advantage of Microsoft’s powered array of cloud services. These include over 100 million monthly active office 365 subscribers.

The tech will be offered fully integrated into BMW’s dash and a part of the existing office 365 suit of products currently available. Skype for Business will be rolled out to cars that use the BMW’s iDrive system.

Dieter May, BMW senior vice president, Digital Products and Services, says, “With BMW Connected we offer a wide range of digital services designed to help users with their daily mobility needs inside and outside of the car. We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility. The integration of productivity features in-car (like Exchange and Skype for Business) and personalized and contextual services will help customers with their day-to-day work and planning while they are on the road.”

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The system will work by triggering notifications for meetings, allowing drivers to dial-in without having to enter the conference number details manually. BMW will also enable tighter integration with calendars, contacts, and to-do lists all from Microsoft’s Exchange.

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