Microsoft to add Skype for Business into BMW cars
The BMW 5 series will now feature Skype for Business, allowing users to make meeting calls
Microsoft and BMW are expanding their partnership by adding Skype for Business in selected cars running BMW iDrive, the company's infotainment and mobility system.
The long-term partnership, which saw BMW become one of the first car manufacturers to embed Office 365 services in its cars, will now allow drivers to make Skype meetings in the BMW 5 series.
Skype for Business will notify drivers of scheduled Skype meetings, plus allow them to dial-in without entering the conference number details manually.
An official statement from Microsoft said: "There are more than 100 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365 and many of those business people use Skype for Business to facilitate meetings and calls at work.
"Using those services on the go will be even easier with BMW's cars that have the ability to alert the driver of upcoming meetings, give a heads-up that a meeting has been rescheduled, or offer to start the next meeting without the need to dial a phone - a task no one should be doing while driving. Microsoft Exchange will also integrate calendars, to-do lists and contacts using the car's voice and navigation systems."
The services will be offered in Germany, France and the UK, with the intended plan to expand to other market.
BMW also revealed earlier year that it aims to integrate Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant into select cars, allowing drivers to access to news, reminders and events.