Good news. There will be no Microsoft car.
Google already makes self-driving cars and Apple's worst kept secret is an Apple car. You could think that Microsoft follows suit in also making a car. Cars seem to be "new smartphone" for Silicon Valley companies. Microsoft has though no such plans.
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“We won’t be building our own autonomous vehicle but we would like to enable autonomous vehicles and assisted driving as well,” said Peggy Johnson, who heads business development for the Redmond, Wash., tech titan, speaking at the Converge technology conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal and f.ounders in Hong Kong Friday.
Microsoft is in talks with the automotive industry to offer them solutions ranging from Azure cloud to Office 365.
“You’re sitting in the car for many, many minutes a day. Can that be part of your new office, can it be your new desk, a place where you actually get work done? We believe it can. Each of them had a little something different that they wanted,” Mrs. Johnson said.
Microsoft apparently has no plans to actually enable self-driving cars, but they are open to work with a car maker to develop a Windows based autonomous driving software.
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In related news, Google teaches its self-driving cars how to honk the horn - hurray!