Microsoft is to have discussions with automakers about possible applications of its cloud service, productivity suite and the operating system.
“We will build our own autonomous vehicle, but we would allow autonomous vehicles and driving aid, as well,” said Peggy Johnson, who heads business development for the Redmond, Wash., The Titan technology, talk to Converge technology conference organized by the Wall Street Journal and founders in Hong Kong Friday.
Ms. Johnson said that Microsoft has asked several builders what kind of technological applications that are looking for, if you work with Azure, its cloud service for businesses, Office 365, the cloud version of its service software suite productivity, or your windows operating system.
Automakers are “all who seek to differentiate into space,” she said, with Microsoft having had discussions with “seven or eight auto manufacturers and first-tier suppliers to the auto community” on potential applications.
“We in different ways has helped a variety of different partners and we see continue to do so,” he said.
Wall Street Journal Question deputy editor Rebecca Blumenstein if a car manufacturer might partner with Microsoft instead of Google Inc. alphabet to create an operating system for cars, Ms. Johnson said that would be possible.
However, he said, automakers “in general, come to us with attention.” Some want to help increase productivity in automobiles, for example.
“You sit in the car for several minutes a day. This may be part of your new office, you can be your new office, a place where you really have your work? We can. Each had a little something wanted something different, “he said.
They asked how long these technologies could make its appearance, Johnson said, “which is probably more car manufacturers because they are probably the heaviest lift here.”