An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft’s Peggy Johnson said at the Converge conference (Warning: WSJ source paywalled) in Hong Kong this week that the company is not interested in manufacturing its own self-driving cars, but instead is interested in building software for cars. “We won’t be building our own autonomous vehicle but we would like to enable autonomous vehicles and assisted driving as well,” said Johnson, head of business development at Microsoft. “We in different ways enabled a variety of different partners and you’ll see us continuing to do that.” Microsoft is open to partners requesting an operating system for cars. The company has partnered with Harman to integrate Microsoft Office 365 into its infotainment systems, bringing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to cars for the first time. “You’re sitting in the car for many, many minutes a day. Can that be part of your new office, can it be your new desk, a place where you actually get work done?” asked Johnson. “We believe it can.” Two years ago, Microsoft unveiled their “Windows in the car” initiative to compete against Apple’s CarPlay.
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