Microsoft adds “SKYPE for Business” to BMW 5-Series


In December 2016, BMW became one of the first auto manufacturers to commercially offer Office 365 services through Microsoft Exchange to drivers who already rely on Office 365 at work and want to extend the services to their car.

Thursday, at BMW’s annual ‘Innovation Days’ event in Chicago, BMW announced it will expand those services to include Skype for Business, making Skype meetings available in car. This functionality will be integrated and operated via BMW’s iDrive system. The services will be offered in Germany, France and the U.K., with other markets coming soon.

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.

By adopting Microsoft’s Office suite of productivity tools, including Microsoft Exchange and Skype for Business, BMW will give its drivers a new way to securely and safely extend their daily digital lives across their homes, their cars and workplaces. At Microsoft we aim to help automakers create connected car solutions that fit seamlessly with their brands and address their customers’ unique needs, and our partnership with BMW is a shining example of what’s possible.

Source: Microsoft

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