Microsoft Takes Windows CE for Cars to Japan

Microsoft's automotive operating system could help the Japanese companies create applications for real-time traffic updates, route planning, delivery of e-mail, and entertainment-related functions, the vendor said.

Microsoft reaffirmed its existing relationship with Denso -- a Japanese car component maker part-owned by Toyota. Monday's announcement also upped the ante of this relationship by expanding use of the operating system to Aisin, audio specialist Clarion, Xanavi Informatics, and major Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co.

Gonzalo Bustillos, director of business development for Microsoft's automotive business unit, said the agreements should help lower some of the costs associated with bringing cutting-edge technology to automobiles. He said Windows CE for Automotive could help ease the workload of developers trying to create applications for very different parts of a car. Additionally, the union of the five Japanese companies helps promote interoperability between car makers and device manufacturers.

"In Internet time, we have been working on this forever," Bustillos said of Microsoft's automotive efforts. Over the past five years, the vendor has released several versions of the automotive software, with release 2.0 currently available. Car makers should see version 3.0 during the third quarter of this year, he added.

Microsoft has already forged deals with a number of automotive-related firms including audio player Delphi Automotive Systems and Clarion's US branch. Bustillos said the Japanese market tends to rely on consortiums or broad market agreement to make these types of moves, but added that other automotive companies would soon benefit from Monday's Japanese deals.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ashlee Vance

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?