Microsoft announces new in-car Windows "infotainment" system

Microsoft has become the latest technology company to announce its own in-car 'infotainment' (information and entertainment content focused) system, aptly titled 'Windows in the car'.

The system – launched at the American computing giant's Build conference last week (April 2nd-4th) – will run on the Metro user interface that you'll find on Windows Phone smartphones, laptops and tablets.

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Windows in the car will use Mirrorlink technology to allow users to replicate what's on their smartphone screen directly to a touch-enabled screen in the car's centre console.

Volkswagen, Citroen, Honda and Toyota are the car manufacturers who have already shown their support for Mirrorlink. Aftermarket manufacturers Pioneer and Alpine are also giving their backing to the technology.

Microsoft is the latest tech firm to unveil an in-car system, with Google announcing at the start of the year that it was aiming to bring Android into the car. And just last month, Apple announced its CarPlay in-car service.

No official release date has been given for Windows in the car, however, and nor have any car manufacturers expressed an interest in using the new Windows service – only the Mirrorlink technology at this stage.

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by Max Langridge

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.