Picture it. It's Tuesday and you realize you weren't the only one who made a commitment to be early to work (or at least on time) in 2017. Traffic is heavy. You get ten minutes into your commute when you see blue lights in your rear view mirror. The patrol car races past you to the scene of a crash. You're now sitting in traffic with a conference call scheduled in 15 minutes. Just accept that you won't make it... unless you're driving a Volvo equipped with Skype for Business.
The company announced last Thursday it is integrating the app in its new 90 Series cars. According to Volvo, it is the first carmaker to launch such an in-vehicle productivity tool.
Skype for Business is used by millions of people across the world. It is part of Microsoft Office 365, which helps businesses power productivity and collaboration with a powerful suite of integrated applications accessible from anywhere, on any device. We're talking Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Exchange, SharePoint, and OneDrive, and more. Find out the three reasons Office 365 is a no brainer for your business in a previous blog post.
An already easy-to-use on the go app... simplified. Volvo Cars says drivers will be able to view and join meetings with one click on a large touch screen display. No long participant pin code would be required.
“We’ve all been there. Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call," says Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, Vice President Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo Car Group. "You either fumble with or drop your phone while trying to connect or you forget the long pin code to join. It’s not the best way to start an important call in the car. On top of all that your attention is not where it should be – on the road."
You heard right. Your days of skipping out on a conference call... over.
“Volvo Cars is leading the way in its recognition that the nature of work is increasingly mobile. People need to be productive from anywhere – including their cars,” says Ben Canning, Director of Product Management for Skype for Business at Microsoft.