Microsoft Introduces Windows in the Car to Compete with Apple's CarPlay

It was not long ago when Apple was in news for the launch of a new iPhone integration setup for car infotainment system called CarPlay. However, it seems like the idea has also clikced with the folks over at Microsoft with the company now ready to introduce its own similar offering known as Windows in the Car.

According to reports, Microsoft is currently working on a Windows-based car integration system, which is pretty similar to Apple's own CarPlay. At its recently held Build conference, Microsoft showed off the CarPlay-like concept, which is currently dubbed as Windows in the Car.

Microsoft's Windows in the Car to Compete with Apple's CarPlay

As reported, Microsoft has created the Windows in the Car concept and is currently testing it feature on real life cars, and the idea allows Windows-based devices to mirror what's shown on screen into a touch-based car-friendly interface.

"The current prototype uses the connectivity standard Mirrorlink, an alternative to Apple's CarPlay system," The Verge states.

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As of now, Mirrorlink is currently used by Nokia's Symbian phones and Sony's Xperia Z handset, although the technology "is 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," it adds.

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Although Microsoft hasn't revealed any real release date for the concept, but it is massively expected that it will be available in a year or so. For the sake of comparison, Apple's CarPlay is already scheduled to release later this year.

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