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Microsoft and Ford Team Up - Sync
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msg:3508354
 1:05 am on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Microsoft, Ford team up on voice controls for drivers
[boston.com...]

I was watching TV the other night and saw a commercial from Ford promoting the Microsoft Sync package.

If you can't get em on the Internet (Search), you might as well do it from our automobiles. This could be rather big for Microsoft.

 

zCat




msg:3508505
 6:56 am on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

"It looks like you want to execute a left turn. Would you like to a) start the left turn tutorial; b) configure your turn signals; or c) search the Internet for "left turn" information?"

;)

tbear




msg:3509221
 10:04 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

To switch off the engine click 'start'
LOL, just had to say that!

They once had a very successful deal with Ford, I believe.
;)

King_Fisher




msg:3509409
 2:20 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Turn right at the next intersection. If that doesn't work close program and reboot!...KF

plumsauce




msg:3509494
 5:33 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you want to build your new car from scratch by gathering parts all over town with no manuals, get the super el cheapo LINUX/YUGO version.

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msg:3509763
 2:32 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'll have to say, I'm quite impressed with the MS marketing campaign. I'm seeing primetime TV ads almost daily in regards to Sync. Ford, Lincoln and Mercury all have an exclusive with MS for the Sync product.

I wonder who is going to fill the void in other automobiles?

Rugles




msg:3510059
 7:30 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

My parents just bought a new Lincoln crossover thing and it has this feature. A big M$ logo on the console no less.

Not sure what they are going to need it for.

rocker




msg:3510085
 8:08 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

At a COMDEX show Bill Gates was bashing the car industry saying that if it keep up with the computer industry cars would be much more advanced and cheaper. GM replied with the following statement:

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day;
2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy a new car;
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would just accept this, restart and drive on;
4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine;
5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought "Car95" or "CarNT" but then you would have to buy more seats;
6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run of 5% of the roads;
7. The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single "general car fault" warning light;
8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt;
9. The airbag system would say, "Are you sure?" before going off;
10. Occasionally for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lift the door handle, turn the key, and grab hold of the radio antenna;
11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them or want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50% or more. Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice Department;
12. Every time GM introduced a new model car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car;
13. You would press the "start" button to shut off the engine.

/edit/ Yes, I know the response is not true, but funny none the less :)

LifeinAsia




msg:3510102
 8:29 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

14. You have to take the car to the dealer at least once a month for patches so that it remains safe to drive.

SEOMike




msg:3510203
 11:22 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

The term "Fatal error" takes on a whole new meaning... Microsoft in my car? No thanks!

balam




msg:3510307
 4:18 am on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

> once a month for patches

It's Patch Tuesday, second Tuesday of the month. Expect long line-ups at the dealership.

> "Fatal error" takes on a whole new meaning...

Egad! - and I was hoping to make a joke about "remote execution exploits."

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msg:3510724
 6:17 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Aw man, you guys are so brutal! Fortunately for Microsoft, the rest of the world doesn't think like you do. :)

LifeinAsia




msg:3510730
 6:39 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Fortunately for Microsoft, the rest of the world doesn't think like you do. :)

Fortunately for us, the rest of the world doesn't think like Microsoft. :)

King_Fisher




msg:3510764
 7:02 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Rocker... Now that was funny! Did you write it yourself or pick it up from another source?...KF

rocker




msg:3510813
 8:06 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Rocker... Now that was funny! Did you write it yourself or pick it up from another source?...KF

KF, I remember that from an email I got a few years ago. Since the memory is not what it used to be I had to look it up online to get all the characteristics :)

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