Volvo Announces Addition of Skype for Business to 90 Series Cars

In a press release from earlier today, Volvo Cars announced the introduction of Skype for Business, Microsoft’s leading collaborative productivity app, to 90 Series cars. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Volvo will become the first automaker to offer such a product.

“We’ve 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. It’s 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,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz Vice President Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo Car Group.

The in-car productivity application will allow users to view meeting schedules and participant details, as well as give them the ability to join meetings with a single click via the large center display. The Skype project is not the only partnership between Volvo and Microsoft. The automaker is also currently investigating the use of Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant technology.

“Volvo Cars is leading the way in its recognition that the nature of work is increasingly mobile. People need to be productive from anywhere – including their cars,” said Ben Canning, Director of Product Management for Skype for Business at Microsoft. “We’re thrilled to extend modern meetings to Volvo cars.”

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