• Sep 29, 2009
Ford and Microsoft, sittin' in a tree... right, you know the rest. With the official October 22nd launch of Windows 7 right around the corner, the Blue Oval has reportedly pledged to support the Washington-based software company's new operating system however it can.

That support will include upgrading all of Ford's own computers from whatever version of Windows they happen to be running (any bets that Ford never made a wholesale switch to Vista?) to the new release. Also making the switch will be Continental Airlines, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Intel.

Further, these selected companies are currently meeting with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss how else they can help promote Windows 7. Ford's tie-in with the house that Bill built stems from the fact that the two companies paired up to launch Ford's excellent SYNC infotainment system back in 2007.

[Source: Auto Observer, Bloomberg]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a first generation Zune and love that bricky brown bastard. When people ask why I chose the brown one I said because the piss color ran out.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @C
        Love mine too. Except for that one day when every one produced locked up at the same time. But it got better the next day. Otherwise it's been a great player, and hey...it's iTunes free!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So my next ford escape will say when is not starting: turn off the engine, get out, close the door, Lock it. And try again!!!?????
        • 5 Years Ago
        FAIL, b/c this has nothing to do with SW used in Ford vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well mac fans are practically brainwashed by apple, a company that tries to control every aspect of your computing, and Microsoft fans wont admit Vista has issues.
      • 5 Years Ago
      how stupid Ford, like Microsoft doesn't have the money to pay for advertisement, so if I buy a Ford with SYNC I will be subject to Microsoft being shoved down my throat? WTF?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you retarded?
        • 5 Years Ago
        how stupid NewBack, the article does not relate to SW used in Ford cars/trucks, but rather to SW used by Ford employees
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is kinda off topic but what the heck. Has anyone heard about Sync being available on cars other than Fords? I don't have anything against Fords, they're just not making anything I'm interested in right now. If there was something else that had Sync available then that would weigh heavily in my next car purchase next year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do what they want... but don't color me impressed.

      I work on end-user computers for a living... and most stuff with maintaining windows is a doddle, except for a couple of things that are the absolute bane of my existence.

      Thanks, but no thanks. Don't want M$ in my car any more than I want OwnStar in my car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "SYNC You Very Much: Ford to help Microsoft promote Windows 7"

        I'd still prefer my XP Pro over the "glorified Vista" Windows 7...

        Sync..but no sync.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog - Bah at your attempt at Vista hating quasi-comedy!
      Vista is the shizot, stick to coverage of cars, not their OS's
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that a RAZR!?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever, as long as they keep it from the vehicles. Not that I'm jumping on the (nineties) "BSOD" band-wagon, but I think Android is more progressive OS for use in cars; I mean when the time comes to choose an (user)OS for new product, car that is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Windows CE is used as a platform for telematics in all kinds of cars these days, including BMW and Mercedes.

        The Sync system installed in Fords works WAAAAY better than most comparable systems. I've heard anecdotes from people who were able to do things like pair their cellphones without even reading instructions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, one would expect that by default. I mean who reads instructions? :)

        I was not talking about what lies underneath and/or what stands for a brain of the car... but rather about the platform that user interacts with (and installs their own appz on, in the future obviously), notice "(user)OS" in my comment...
        I think those two should be kept separated, so that users will have more freedom with what they can do with such multimedia platform, while not messing with anything that is critical for the car itself.
        Should I be the one in charge I would push to make in-car entertaininment platform not hard-wired within the car's "brain". And in mobile devices there are signs of beginning trend of abandoning Windows Mobile as a platform. I believe the trend will only go stronger & stronger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This sucks, I don't like M$hit on my car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't worry, your '89 Geo Metro is safe from Microsoft.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been using Windows 7 RC since April and I absolutely have had no problems at all with it. I think Windows 7 is quite good and a definite *must* replacement for Windows XP and Vista.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blue Oval of Death™
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