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Volvo adds Skype for Business to 90 Series cars

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Stockholm, Sweden – Volvo's 90 Series cars, the XC90 SUV, S90 luxury sedan and V90 station wagon, now come with Microsoft's Skype for Business.

Calling it an industry first and the beginning of a new era for in-car productivity, the announcement on Thursday said people in Volvo's 90 Series cars would now be able to view their upcoming meetings and participant details, and join meetings with one click via the large centre display.

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People in Volvo's 90 Series cars will now be able to view their upcoming meetings and participant details, and join meetings with one click via the large centre display. Picture: Volvo

Volvo vice-president for consumer connectivity services Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz said: "Skype for Business represents another big step forward for in-car connectivity and communication.

"With the advent of autonomous cars we see a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office. This is just the beginning of a completely new way of looking at how we spend time in the car."

Volvo's partnership with Microsoft also included looking at the possibility of using its the intelligent personal assistant Cortana to add seamless voice recognition, and support peoples' daily lives by actively predicting their needs, he added.

Microsoft director of product management for Skype for Business, Ben Canning said Volvo was leading the way in its recognition that the nature of work was increasingly mobile.

'People need to be productive from anywhere, including their cars', he said.

Xinhua

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