Microsoft unveils Windows in the Car to compete with Apple’s CarPlay

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Apple’s recently launched CarPlay brings the iPhone experience, its apps and services to in-car entertainment systems. Microsoft is working on a similar project called “Windows in the Car” that it debuted at the Build developer conference this week.

Windows in the Car brings Windows Phone’s Metro UI, and the OS’ tiles based interface to car entertainment systems. Much like CarPlay, Windows in the Car also relies on a Windows Phone to power the touch screen in the car.

The Verge reports:

Microsoft has created a concept that it’s currently testing in real cars, and the idea allows Windows devices to mirror what’s shown on screen into a touch- and car-friendly interface. The current prototype uses the connectivity standard Mirrorlink, an alternative to Apple’s CarPlay system. Mirrorlink is currently used by Nokia’s Symbian phones and Sony’s Xperia Z handset, but it’s expected to gain broader support if infotainment systems start to use the standard more. Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, and Citroen are all working on cars with Mirrorlink support, and aftermarket car radio manufacturers Alpine and Pioneer are backing it.

While Apple hasn’t totally opened up the CarPlay platform to app developers, Microsoft previewed its own solution at a developer conference to encourage developers to design their apps for the car, which they can then sell through a marketplace. Microsoft isn’t announcing when Windows in the Car would make its way to consumers.

Here are a few screenshots of Windows in the Car, which show Maps, Phone, Xbox Radio, FM Radio, Messages and a lot more:

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Categories: CarPlay

  • iPhone1604

    Unless you drive a ford lol

  • Alan

    Windows in the Car? Hey Microsoft, you could at least come up with a more original name. I am glad Apple ditched “iOS in the Car,” CarPlay sounds much better.

    • craig4402

      Actually when I read carplay I think of Google play which is android……hmmmm

      • Alan

        Well, before Google renamed Android Market to Google Play in March 2012, Apple had launched AirPlay at WWDC 2011.

        • DD

          Ooh…good stuff Alan. Either way exciting stuff coming down the road (no pun intended).

      • Macdaddy916

        Got at you Craig!!! Next time think and get your facts straight before you talk!

  • Disqus11111

    Pathetic. Must have been a Ballmer project.

  • Moinul Alam

    i dont understand the hate… it looks cool. I am a apple ecosystem owner btw.

  • Felipe

    Windows being windows… If there’s no crash, that isn’t windows.

    I just kidding, I know it’s a concept but, it was funny anyway.

  • Mick

    This must be version 2. Remember Ford Sync by Microsoft, the Vista of Windows in the car

  • OregonFarmer

    Are we sure it is not “Carp lay” on the Apple side?