Where’s the Windows Mobile love, Redmond? According to The iPhone Blog, the Ford navigation system, which was developed by Microsoft, called the Ford Sync, will be getting integration with the iPhone:
“We’ll be able to link you to your Internet in the car. If you brought an iPhone into the vehicle, you could interact with that through voice. You could then read your email by voice,” said Joe Berry, Ford business and product development director for Sync, referring to a future version of Sync.
It’d be nice to see more Windows Mobile integration into Microsoft’s other business lines and products, especially since the Ford Sync has performed well.
None the less, it will be interesting to see how the iPhone paves this market as carriers, product developers, and third parties are coming together to re-define mobile computing. AT&T, Apple’s exclusive carrier partner in the US, has been strict on tethering–using another device, mainly a computer, to access the iPhone’s internet connection. The Sync integration seems to be implying that the Ford car module will be able to use the iPhone for internet tethering. Should AT&T loosen its grips with tethering, it may also be beneficial to other smartphone users.
In addition, the text-to-speech voice feature should be interesting. Microsoft already makes various disparate voice command programs through TellMe, Live Search, and Voice Command. Although Voice Command can announce callers and message sender and subject, I don’t believe it can read full emails.