The battle of the dashboard is getting stiffer, and one of the biggest players of this field – Microsoft aims to stay at the top of the game with the introduction of 'Windows in the Car.' After the recent unveiling of Apple's CarPlay at this year's Geneva Motor Show, Microsoft is all set to go through its version of smartphone integration with automobiles. Instead of automakers using Microsoft programming to create their own infotainment interfaces, this will port your mobile phone's screen onto the car's touchscreen but with the look of the Windows user interface.
Rival Apple’s CarPlay allows drivers to connect their iPhone (and not any other operating system) to their car for a hands-free, easy to access heads-up display on the dashboard. The Windows system uses the Mirrorlink standard, which can port various systems including Windows, Android and Blackberry operating systems. Automakers won't have to stick to just one, having come together to establish open standards that can incorporate the different systems.
This new concept from Microsoft provides almost everything available on your phone, throws in GPS data like speed limits and some vehicular controls, and will let developers create apps that adhere to safe driving protocols. This is being worked upon as of now, and its commercial launch is slated to be soon.