In-car Technology: Ford May Ditch Microsoft Windows for BlackBerry's QNX

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Ford may be planning to ditch Microsoft Windows and switch for BlackBerry's QNX system for its in-car technology, Sync.

 BlackBerry's stock popped up 8% on the news, which was revealed by Bloomberg, who cited "people briefed on the matter."

Quoth Bloomberg:

Using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system, the people ... said. Ford has more than 7 million vehicles on the road with Sync using Microsoft voice-activated software to make mobile-phone calls and play music.

According to the report, the switch may help Ford "address customer complaints about malfunctioning technology systems and touch screens" that have tarnished its reputation. Ford is the second-biggest automaker in the US, so it would be a big boost to BlackBerry.

Microsoft and Ford's stock prices remained relatively flat on the news. Neither company is responding to the speculation.

BlackBerry acquired QNX Software Systems in 2010 for $200 million and incorporated much of the company's technology into its BB10 platform.

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