Ford Partners With Microsoft for Over-The-Air Sync Infotainment Updates
Ford's latest in- Sync 3, dashboard infotainment system, is not constructed by Microsoft--while the software giant was responsible for the very first two generations of Sync, the newest-for-2015 version was designed in partnership. But Microsoft will play a vital part in how the brand new arrangement functions, by offering the automatic, over the air, WiFi-powered software updates which will keep the system present.
Automotive News reports that Microsoft and Ford declared the partnership in a seminar in Atlanta. Like other digital devices as well as your smartphone, a Sync 3-equipped Ford will link to your own home WiFi whenever they are accessible to automatically download software updates.
Ford expects the partnership with Microsoft will ensure faster, more dependable applications downloads--after all, over the air upgrades will be the sort of thing the software giant has a lot of expertise with. When Sync 3 was declared, as we reported, the wireless upgrades replace the boring procedure for downloading Sync upgrades to your USB thumb drive and uploading them out of your dash, or seeing the car dealer every time new software can be obtained.
We are huge supporters of the ease of automatic over the air upgrades--they are the most effective treatment for the infuriatingly old applications that plagues so many in-dash systems.
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