The Windows Automotive 4.2. platform, based on embedded operating system Windows CE .Net 4.2, is its first automotive-specific platform to natively support voice- and data-enabled Bluetooth and the Microsoft .Net Compact Framework.
Consumers want to be connected, even in the car, and research supports this trend. The survey revealed that 85 percent of U.S. cell phone owners use their cell phone and 50 percent of personal digital assistant (PDA) owners use their PDAs while in the car.* Windows Automotive is Microsoft's first automotive-specific platform to natively support voice- and data-enabled Bluetooth� and the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. With these new features, Microsoft is enabling the automotive industry to provide drivers and passengers with hands-free communication, seamless access to Web services such as news, weather and sports, diagnostic information for maintenance, and wireless synchronization of data with mobile devices, as well as smooth functionality among many mobile devices.
Windows Automotive delivers a flexible, scalable, cost-effective platform for developers building in-car computing devices that range from the broad to the specific. To help ensure that customers have the tools to build a device that meets diverse needs, Microsoft provides support for a wide range of features including the latest wireless technologies such as Bluetooth version 1.1 and IEEE 802.11 and 802.1x. For multimedia functionality, the platform delivers rich media content and a complete Web browsing experience with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 for Windows CE. In addition, the platform provides a complete set of safety features including hands-free communication with its Speech Application Programming Interface (SAPI) 5.0 as well as customizable developer tools and driver distraction controls to help ensure device functionality does not interfere with drivers' ability to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
The download link is a Windows Media stream with one of the Microsoft's visions of the new connected automobile.