July 12, 2005 10:27 AM PDT

Microsoft presses pedal on in-car software

Microsoft on Tuesday cranked up its long-running effort to get its software inside cars, announcing a new version of its Windows Automotive software.

At a company-sponsored conference in Japan, Microsoft announced that it has finished development of Windows Automotive 5.0. The update is based on the latest version of Windows CE, the CE 5.0 release that came out in May.

The new version of the software is aimed at making it easier for automotive gear makers to design easy-to-use interfaces. It also contains support for expanded virtual memory. The added memory could help features such as speech recognition and improved 3D graphics, a Microsoft representative said.

Though Microsoft announced the completion of the new car OS, it did not name customers for it. A Microsoft representative said the company expects Windows Automotive to show up on aftermarket products in the fall. Because the design cycle for new cars is much longer, models with Windows Automotive 5.0 built in are not expected until at least next year.

Microsoft has been trying to break in to the car market since it released an initial in-car OS in 1998. In a July 2003 speech, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates predicted that within three years, about 30 percent of cars would have Windows CE running in them. The company has talked up the efforts at both Detroit car shows and tech-oriented events, such as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Microsoft does have its software in a number of vehicles, including the 2005 Acura RL and TL, 2004 Mercedes S-Class, BMW's 7 Series, Fiat's Lancia Thesis and the 2003 and 2004 Honda Accord, among other models. It is also included in aftermarket products from Clarion, Hyundai and Nextech.

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Ahhhh.. Hang on a second.. I have to reboot my car
This should be extremely funny to watch!
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Ahhhh.. Hang on a second.. I have to reboot my car
This should be extremely funny to watch!
Posted by (24 comments )
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AUTO-BSOD? MS-GM Hummer?
Auto Blue Screen Of Death!
Windoze in your car?
Do we really need the blue screen of death while we are driving our car?
An OS so stupid that you have to click START to turn OFF your computer, but smart enough to be in your car?
Virus riddled software that may cripple your transportation...
Is Big Brother Bill keeping track of where we are driving to now with GPS-MS-MAP Search?
Is there no place on God's Earth that Citizen Gates & his brown booted Softies can shove their Longhorn up our collective black holes?

Fix you legacy OS before attempting to assimulate the automotive industry Bill.

Bill the Borg: Resistance is futile, prepare to be assimulated.
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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Something new please
It is people like you that make me rant all the time on the same subjects. (Like; Apple can't even write it's own OS and that MacOS X is a horrible server OS.) I will give it a miss this time.

My advice for you is to find some new jokes that actually are funny (the Start button joke is 10 years old!) and try to actually put more information that attitude (the OS is not for running the car itself) into your regular "I hate Bill" posts. You might then have the confidence to grow out of your Bill Gates fixation and use your real name.
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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AUTO-BSOD? MS-GM Hummer?
Auto Blue Screen Of Death!
Windoze in your car?
Do we really need the blue screen of death while we are driving our car?
An OS so stupid that you have to click START to turn OFF your computer, but smart enough to be in your car?
Virus riddled software that may cripple your transportation...
Is Big Brother Bill keeping track of where we are driving to now with GPS-MS-MAP Search?
Is there no place on God's Earth that Citizen Gates & his brown booted Softies can shove their Longhorn up our collective black holes?

Fix you legacy OS before attempting to assimulate the automotive industry Bill.

Bill the Borg: Resistance is futile, prepare to be assimulated.
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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Something new please
It is people like you that make me rant all the time on the same subjects. (Like; Apple can't even write it's own OS and that MacOS X is a horrible server OS.) I will give it a miss this time.

My advice for you is to find some new jokes that actually are funny (the Start button joke is 10 years old!) and try to actually put more information that attitude (the OS is not for running the car itself) into your regular "I hate Bill" posts. You might then have the confidence to grow out of your Bill Gates fixation and use your real name.
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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WHY???
why bill why? tell me!!!
what will an OS in a CAR solve??
will it operate the car for us??
GOD HELP US if it does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Scott W (419 comments )
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WHY???
why bill why? tell me!!!
what will an OS in a CAR solve??
will it operate the car for us??
GOD HELP US if it does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Scott W (419 comments )
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Back to the future or vise versa?
It has taken over 100 years to get cars as reliable as they are today. Putting any of that M$ Bug-fest into a vehicle would only be a giant step backward.
Posted by Mister C (423 comments )
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Back to the future or vise versa?
It has taken over 100 years to get cars as reliable as they are today. Putting any of that M$ Bug-fest into a vehicle would only be a giant step backward.
Posted by Mister C (423 comments )
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BrainLess Fools
Windows Automative is not Win32 used in Desktops, its windows CE. CE can run diretcly from Chips, have you ever used a PocketPC or SmartPhone running windows ?

now don't think linux can do it becuase it free, windows CE only cost $03 yes, $3 to license/device/car ? he he ha ha ha, and it will not dirve your car its for gaming, dvd, audio, and gps.
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Link...
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/license.mspx" target="_newWindow">http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/license.mspx</a>
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/windowsautomotive/default.mspx" target="_newWindow">http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/windowsautomotive/default.mspx</a>
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I have used Windows CE
I have used Windows CE before, and it was great. However, being a typical MS product, it locked up on me occasionally, and I had to reset it often to keep it running smoothly.

I can't imagine what having Windows CE in a car would be like...
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Brainless Drone of Microsith
No I have not used Windows CE in a PDA or PHONE.
I have used a much better device like the Palm OS PDA or the Palm Treo PDA/Phone.
Microsith didn't invent the PDA or PDA-OS, just a pale imitation lacking in innovation.

If you innovate...imitate: Darth Gates.
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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BrainLess Fools
Windows Automative is not Win32 used in Desktops, its windows CE. CE can run diretcly from Chips, have you ever used a PocketPC or SmartPhone running windows ?

now don't think linux can do it becuase it free, windows CE only cost $03 yes, $3 to license/device/car ? he he ha ha ha, and it will not dirve your car its for gaming, dvd, audio, and gps.
Posted by (128 comments )
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Link...
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/license.mspx" target="_newWindow">http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/license.mspx</a>
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/windowsautomotive/default.mspx" target="_newWindow">http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/windowsautomotive/default.mspx</a>
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I have used Windows CE
I have used Windows CE before, and it was great. However, being a typical MS product, it locked up on me occasionally, and I had to reset it often to keep it running smoothly.

I can't imagine what having Windows CE in a car would be like...
Posted by (2 comments )
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Brainless Drone of Microsith
No I have not used Windows CE in a PDA or PHONE.
I have used a much better device like the Palm OS PDA or the Palm Treo PDA/Phone.
Microsith didn't invent the PDA or PDA-OS, just a pale imitation lacking in innovation.

If you innovate...imitate: Darth Gates.
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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If GM were Microsoft....
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated:

"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating (by Mr. Welch himself, the GM CEO): "If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.

Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason and you would just accept this, restart and drive on.

Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought "Car95" or "CarNT." But then you would have to buy more seats.

Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.

The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single "general car default" warning light.

New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

The air bag system would say "Are you sure?" before going off.

Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna.

Every time GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine.
Posted by Priscilla215-20485880089225750 (14 comments )
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Cool Steve, but watch out for Andy G.
Andy HATES the "start" button joke, so prepare for his Rants / Tantrom dujoir...

Yes, I have read that article before, but it still rings true today...

Stay out of my car Citizen Gates!
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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If GM were Microsoft....
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated:

"If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles to the gallon."

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating (by Mr. Welch himself, the GM CEO): "If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car.

Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason and you would just accept this, restart and drive on.

Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre such as a left turn, would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought "Car95" or "CarNT." But then you would have to buy more seats.

Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.

The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single "general car default" warning light.

New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

The air bag system would say "Are you sure?" before going off.

Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna.

Every time GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine.
Posted by Priscilla215-20485880089225750 (14 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Cool Steve, but watch out for Andy G.
Andy HATES the "start" button joke, so prepare for his Rants / Tantrom dujoir...

Yes, I have read that article before, but it still rings true today...

Stay out of my car Citizen Gates!
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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HEY, did ya'll know....
...that the custom written operating program(s) for the TOYOTA PRIUS is reported to have almost twice as many lines of "code" as the standard WINDOZE OS does??

Ohhhh, and if you have a 2004 or 2005 PRIUS, be sure that you take it into the Dealer to have the (free obviously) Software Patches installed that fix a couple of glitches that may cause the car to just shut down at some random time. You litterally DO have to "reboot" the car to get it going again if it happens!! :( Unfortuantely, only the Dealer has the knowhow and equipment to do that... GRRRRRRR!!

Luckily, MY 2001 PRIUS does not have that buggy software in it; it's only in the last two model years.
Posted by drwho (37 comments )
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HEY, did ya'll know....
...that the custom written operating program(s) for the TOYOTA PRIUS is reported to have almost twice as many lines of "code" as the standard WINDOZE OS does??

Ohhhh, and if you have a 2004 or 2005 PRIUS, be sure that you take it into the Dealer to have the (free obviously) Software Patches installed that fix a couple of glitches that may cause the car to just shut down at some random time. You litterally DO have to "reboot" the car to get it going again if it happens!! :( Unfortuantely, only the Dealer has the knowhow and equipment to do that... GRRRRRRR!!

Luckily, MY 2001 PRIUS does not have that buggy software in it; it's only in the last two model years.
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