Microsoft Office Comes to Your Car, Along with Cortana

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

We continue with news from this year’s CES in Las Vegas. After presenting you new laptops, and tablets, we’re moving on to the news from automotive industry. Namely, Harman, an American car equipment designer and manufacturer, announced Office 365 integration with its infotainment systems.

This means that you’ll be able to work on your Office documents and projects on the go, while you’re in your car! The partnership will bring the complete Office experience to your car, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Do Your Work on The Go with Cortana Car Integration

This collaboration also brings Cortana integration to Harman’s infotainment systems, so you’ll be able to set appointments, schedule meetings, respond to emails, and more, while you’re driving your car. Also, thanks to Cortana, customers will be able to edit a spreadsheet, or create a new PowerPoint presentation on the go.

“Working with Microsoft is a natural fit for HARMAN as we continue our track record of making the car more sophisticated, productive and intelligent,” said Phil Eyler, president, HARMAN Connected Car.

We still don’t know which vehicles will get the Cortana and Office 365 integration, and it’s still unknown when these infotainment systems will be available to customers. Although Harman didn’t provide any details, it is known that the company already works with some big names of car manufacturing, like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jeep, Toyota, and even Harley-Davidson.

It’s clearly just a matter of time until Cortana stops being limited just to Windows 10 devices, and becomes a fully featured driving assistant. With integrations like this, we could expect Microsoft’s personal assistant to control other parts of the car, like opening doors, or adjusting air conditioning.

But we’re not sure that using Cortana to get the job done is completely safe, because it might distract you while driving. What do you think about this revolutionary innovation, is it safe enough, or will it just boost people’s creativity?

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