Ford reportedly dropping Windows in favor of QNX for next-gen Sync software


Forget the fact that Ford CEO Alan Mulally was reportedly a contender for the Microsoft CEO job: the two companies have long had a cozy relationship, with Ford using Windows to power its in-car Sync software. That could change, though, if this story from Bloomberg is correct. The news agency is reporting that Ford plans to ditch Windows for its next-gen Sync system and base it on BlackBerry's QNX instead. In particular, Bloomberg's sources claim that a move to QNX would be more cost-effective, and also lead to potential improvements in "speed and flexibility."

Indeed, the performance could be the deciding factor here: Ford has rated the quality of its vehicles "mixed" for the last three years, according to Bloomberg, with customers complaining about tech malfunctions in customer satisfaction surveys by J.D. Power & Associates and Consumer Reports. For now, Ford, BlackBerry and Microsoft have all declined comment. If the report is true, though, Ford would find itself in very good company: luxury brands like Audi and BMW already use QNX in their in-car systems.


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Note from Blog's editor: Personally is the best choice, cause using Winmo6 structure is quite old and unresponsive for today's standards. If they want to keep using Microsoft solutions, better switch to a newer kernel like NT-ARM (Windows Embedded or Windows 8-ARM, this one can push Microsoft newer OS to a whole new level) or switch to some Linux core (Android or Ubuntu). QNX is a good choice, real-time OS, but I think is a bit baby (perhaps with extra API development can suit Ford's needs)

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