The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where technology vendors get together to announce upcoming products that are about to be launched as well as futuristic offerings that are still in development. It is at this year’s CES that automotive technology maker Harman revealed it is working with Microsoft to bring the Office 365 productivity suite to cars. This means people can respond to emails, schedule appointments and do Skype calls on their way to work. But do people really want to be starting the daily grind before they even get into the office? Discuss.
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Judging by the amount of traffic I see from Monday to Friday, there are a lot of people who drive to and from work. Perhaps it’s a convenience thing but it’s also nice to have a bit of alone time in a car listening to a podcast, radio show or music before you start the daily grind. For some, driving is a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Harman’s plan to bring Office 365 into cars would mean you’d be stepping into the office as soon as you jump into your car. The vendor isn’t planning to integrate all the components of Office 365 like Word, Excel and Powerpoint, into its car infotainment systems and some features will only work when the vehicle isn’t moving. But they are still tools for you to work longer than your nominal office hours.
So are you on board with this Office-in-the-car idea or do you prefer to drive in peace without having to deal with work emails and appointments? Let us know in the comments.