Microsoft has released Windows Automotive 5.0, a new version of the Windows CE-based OS for embedded car computers.
According to the company, the latest rev includes new tools for developers, such as a new UI toolkit, as well as
support for Bluetooth, WiFi UPnP, USB, XML, SOAP and other common standards. Companies like Clarion, Alpine and Pioneer
are already working on products, such as audio gear and GPS systems, that will be built on the latest version of
Windows Automotive. Microsoft built the new Win Auto with development teams in both Redmond and Tokyo, in order to
suck up to leverage the expertise of Japanese automakers and car-audio companies. And, of course, we just can't
resist the opportunity to take a cheap shot and revive once more the classic joke about what would happen if
Microsoft made cars.