BMW & Microsoft – Expanding our possibilities within the Digital Workplaces.
Office 365 has nowadays become one of the favorite platforms for Digital Workplaces.
According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, four out of five Fortune 500 corporations currently use Office 365, and 50.000 new small- and medium-sized businesses adopt the service every month.
Companies are now making use of this great audience and are adapting their products to fit the Digital Workplace era:
Following Volvo’s lead, BMW announced during the BMW Innovation Days 2017 – Connectivity and Digital Services – their further expansion of the selection of in-car business solutions and their intention to offer personalized services as part of a digital lifestyle.
From autumn 2017, all BMW cars will offer an integrated Microsoft Exchange service and Skype for Business. These functions allow drivers to use their car as a mobile office and use commuting times even more effectively.
This means users no longer have to pick up their smart phone during a journey in order to access and edit e-mails, calendar entries and contact data. New e-mails and changes to appointments can be shown directly on the Control Display. And users can compose e-mails using voice control and arrange appointments while on the move. Moreover, this functionality allows the driver to import addresses from appointment entries directly into their car’s navigation system.
Dieter May, Senior Vice President Digital Products and Services expressed the company’s goal following the announcement: “With BMW Connected we offer a wide range of digital services designed to help users with their daily mobility needs inside and outside of the car. We seek to continuously extend and enhance the customer experience with regard to all aspects of their mobility. The integration of productivity features in-car (like Exchange and Skype for Business) and personalized and contextual services will help customers with their day-to-day work and planning while they are on the road.”
These type of developments are proof of the current and future value of an adaptive and expandable Digital Workplace that is fitted to the needs of its users.
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