Last week we reported about Bloomberg claiming that Ford is planning to switch from Windows to Blackberry’s QNX OS for their next-generation Sync system. The report said that Ford is expecting that the QNX based SYNC system will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system. However, the real story seems to be different. Speaking to CNET at MWC, Ford managing director Pin van der Jagt revealed that Ford is always questioning and evaluating suppliers and in the same process they are re-evaluating the Microsoft deal as part of normal business. “Sync 1 and 2 was done with Microsoft but we are not married with them. For us, it’s a supplier, so every time we keep evaluating is it the right partner,” he said. This does not mean Microsoft is out and QNX is in. He commented the following ...

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If you are using Skype on multiple devices, then you would have faced the difficulty of keeping conversations in sync, or they’ve missed messages and seen “read” messages on one device that are still marked as “unread” on another, etc. Microsoft was working on fixing this and has finally rolled out the fix to public users. Now, push notifications make sure you know when you have a new message in chat, and Skype chats are synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. You can scroll back on your mobile phone to see the conversation you had on your laptop just as easily as the chat you had with your best friend on your smartphone about a recipe. Also there is a no ‘read’ notification system that will make sure that your message was read at the other end. We also understand the importance of knowing that messages you send have ...

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Ford introduced SYNC, connectivity technology built on the Windows Embedded Automotive platform to deliver rich, interactive experiences for drivers of their vehicles three years ago. At CeBIT today, Ford announced that from next year, European drivers will be able to benefit from a smarter, intuitive and simplified way of interacting with in-car technologies and their digital devices. The system will debut in the new Ford Focus next year. At US alone, SYNC is in more than 3 million vehicles. SYNC is now available in US for the Ford vehicles such as Chassis Cab, Flex, Edge, Focus Sedan, Escape, Fusion, E-Series Wagon, Mustang. Current SYNC Features Include: Hands-free Calling Turn-by-Turn Directions 911 Assist™ Music Search Vehicle Health Report Personalized Daily Info Business Search Traffic Alerts Audible Text Messages Ford CEO, Alan Mulally on SYNC, “We are pleased to announce that SYNC will soon be available to customers around the world,” . ...

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