Microsoft has shown off its vision for Windows in the Car at its Build Developer conference. Like Apple with CarPlay, Microsoft is developing a new system that will work with Windows Phone 8.1 using the same Modern Interface look found across new Microsoft software and operating systems.
The system will allow for in-car entertainment to be controlled from a Windows device, or the car’s own touch display. Windows in the Car will support a rival technology, Mirrorlink, to that used by Apple’s CarPlay. The system has no release date so far, and no auto manufacturers have been announced. This is in contrast to Apple, who have Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo’s support.
Windows in the Car will mean developers can make apps or versions especially for cars, and it will have its own marketplace. Microsoft’s Build demo showed how you can swipe between tabs, and features main sections for radio, apps and maps.