Microsoft wants Ford's Sync app to control more than Gadgets

You might think Ford's Sync is just a great hands-free voice-activated cellphone and iPod controller, but Microsoft has big plans for the software it wrote to make Sync work.It wants to bring voice-activated network connectivity to your car.Microsoft is betting we'll have networked integrated entertainment and information systems within five years, and it wants Microsoft […]

You might think Ford's Sync is just a great hands-free voice-activated cellphone and iPod controller, but Microsoft has big plans for the software it wrote to make Sync work.

It wants to bring voice-activated network connectivity to your car.

Microsoft is betting we'll have networked integrated entertainment and information systems within five years, and it wants Microsoft Auto to be the operating system they run on. The idea is to one-up OnStar and make telematics a voice-activated part of daily life by providing real-time traffic updates, custom-tailored point-of-interest directories and other helpful info. Want to know the fastest way home from work? Your car will chart the course. Get hungry for Thai along the way? Your car will tell you where to find it. Decide to see a movie after finishing your pad thai? Your car will tell you what's playing and when. And, of course, it'll tell you the fastest - or most scenic, or most fuel efficient - way to get there.

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