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LAS VEGAS The best thing about being out of the office is being unavailable for certain meetings. Evil geniuses Volvo and Microsoft are about to end all that. The two companies have collaborated on an in-car solution to this office absentee problem: integrating Skype for Business in a Volvo car.
Maybe Volvo should take most of the blameâ¦ erâ¦ credit since it's the one integrating existing business communication technology in its 90 Series cars. The application will appear on the automobile's huge in-dash touchscreen, connecting to your smartphone to complete the call. Mashable was promised a hands-on demo of Skype integration later this week. We'll report back on our findings. In a press release on the new technology, which will be on display this week at CES, Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz Volvo's vice president of consumer connectivity services explained his company's fascination with making group meetings happen when you're on the go this way, Weve all been there. Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call. You either fumble with or drop your phone while trying to connect or you forget the long PIN code to join. Its not the best way to start an important call in the car. On top of all that your attention is not where it should be on the road. With the addition of Skype for Business all that goes away.â
Still can't make the conference call? Record and send an audio message.
Along with Skype for Business, Microsoft is also bringing its digital voice assistant, Cortana, to Volvos, which means the cars will get voice recognition and access to Cortana's Bing- and AI-based intelligence. Perhaps you'll not only be able to attend meetings while in your Volvo, but have all the answers, too. Maybe being able to attend all those meetings no matter where you are isn't such a bad thing.
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