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Sources Say Ford to Use Windows 8, Metro UI - Windows 8 "Customer Preview" Coming in June - DailyTech.com
Jason **** (Blog) - April 24, 2012 11:01 AM


. . . Our sources close to Ford Motor Comp. (F) recently indicated that a Windows 8 variant will likely drive the next generation successor to MyFord Touch.

This is an interesting, but not altogether unexpected development. Microsoft has long produced the OS used by Ford -- Windows Embedded Automotive, and the latest version (v7), was built on a trimmed down version of Windows 7.

But the information is also interesting because of the highlighted implications for Ford, and the industry in general.

Windows 8 in many ways represents a solution to many of Ford's headaches. While Ford is undeniably the leader in automotive infotainment with the most features and the most cohesive user interface, it also has suffered from growing pains. As the feature set grew, Ford has been compelled to contract out user interface development to third-party partners at times, and has found those partners to not always produce work of the same high quality as Ford's.


The perfect example of where third-party software burned Ford is the early versions of MyFord Touch which suffered speed and stability issues, issues reportedly (according to my past sources) largely attributable to third party code. The issues were finally addressed when Ford essentially redid its partner's work, revamping the OS and committing to a costly internal rewrite.

The answer to Ford's frustration is Windows 8. The Metro UI is seemingly a perfect fit for a next generation Ford infotainment system. In terms of current products, it will be kind of like Windows Phone on your car. With its built-in XAML/C# (and possibly Silverlight although Microsoft is shifting towards HTML5) APIs, Microsoft has taken a lot of the grunt work out of UI graphics/coding/design and multi-touch support for Ford.

If you want to imagine a next generation Ford OS simply think of a Windows 8 tablet or Windows Phone embedded in the dash with MyFord Touch-like menu options and a customized Metro UI tile-based interface.

For all the Windows 8 skepticism Ford sounds like it is solidly in the believers camp.
 

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If it did the price would skyrocket. I'd rather they use a windows based system to keep the cost down, this includes repairs, you would need certified MAC tech which are far more rare than a Windows or Microsoft tech. But saying that a Linux based system would be cheapest but you would need techs who know Linux.
 

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If it did the price would skyrocket. I'd rather they use a windows based system to keep the cost down, this includes repairs, you would need certified MAC tech which are far more rare than a Windows or Microsoft tech. But saying that a Linux based system would be cheapest but you would need techs who know Linux.
Coming from a matter of quality, Mac is still the best. Repairs would be less often. Seeing Apple's income last quarter, I think customers would be willing to pay a bigger premium for it.
 

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Coming from a matter of quality, Mac is still the best. Repairs would be less often. Seeing Apple's income last quarter, I think customers would be willing to pay a bigger premium for it.
Less often? Highly doubtful. Take it from someone in I.T. I work for UnitedHealth in their I.T. department. There's a reason why Windows and Microsoft still rule in large areas such as corporations. We tried phasing our laptops for our on site nurses and gave them all ipads. It was disaster. They constantly broke and the repairs were outrageous. We ended up switching back to windows based laptops for them. You can be happy to use your mac for home use and swear up and down how superior it is to any windows machine. But when it comes to business Windows is still number one.
 

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We're gonna see the blue screen in the ford now. gr8.


(hey wabbit
aka hiwaystar - kaboom - Hammond,
I removed the spammy flash script you hid in your post.
I *like* your taste in usernames...mostly - Hammond is lame
& you seem to actually know cars
but we don't DO spammers.
So clean up or bye-bye)
 
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