Microsoft to Hold World Introduction of New Automotive Software Platform At Convergence 2000

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 11, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. will introduce its newest automotive software platform — part of its Car.NET Framework — at Convergence 2000, the world’s premier automotive electronics conference, in Detroit on Oct. 15.

With this announcement, Microsoft will reveal its strategy for the next generation of telematics. Microsoft will provide the software technology and development tools that will lead to a new, connected, in-vehicle experience for consumers.

The Microsoft® Windows® CE for Automotive v.3 operating system will enable system manufacturers to build next-generation in-car computing systems that improve safety and deliver enhanced communications and information access. Windows CE for Automotive v.3 is an integral component of the new Microsoft Car.NET Framework, an advanced, new-generation infrastructure technology that brings computing and communications to the automotive industry in a revolutionary way. This framework will provide end-to-end solutions for mobile e-commerce and entertainment in the automotive industry.

Microsoft Windows CE for Automotive, built on Windows CE technology, makes possible new categories of in-car computing devices that are capable of safely providing drivers and passengers with hands-free communication, access to personalized information on the Internet, the ability to summon emergency roadside assistance, and an array of convenience and entertainment applications and services.

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