Gonzalo Bustillos has one tough job. As a director of business development at Microsoft, he must understand what's going on with software, computers, and the Internet-enabled devices that communicate to and from your car. Then, it's his job to determine what communication capabilities drivers want in their cars, even though they don't know they want them yet! "We are working on the third-generation of the Internet," says Bustillos. He explains that third-generation Internet is unlike first and second generations where communication and browsing are the primary functions. "In the third generation, there will be a greater level of simplicity and computers will do some of your thinking for you," he says. For example, your car might help you find the next gas station when you are running low on gas. Or, your personalized news preference will download from a text version in a newspaper to an audio report that you lis-ten to in your car. Microsoft Windows CE for Automotive, Version 3 is Microsoft's new software platform for providing new functions for vehicle multimedia systems. Such features include digital radio, navigation, e-mail, Internet, and mobile commerce. The software provides a common platform for powering telematic devices, which integrate vehicle control and monitoring with location tracking and wireless communications. An integral part of the Windows CE for Automotive software package is Microsoft's Car.NET framework, an infrastructure technology that works with audio, video, telephone, navigation, and vehicle monitoring systems. It enables motorists to use laptop computers, telephones, and personal digital assistants from their cars. Car.NET is based on open standards such as XML. It provides opportunities for embedded and portable in-vehicle devices, server solutions, business services, and consumer services. For more information, call Bustillos at (425) 705-5996.
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