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Microsoft, Toyota forge cloud, telematics pact

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Microsoft and Toyota announced a partnership where the automaker will use the Windows Azure Platform to build telematics services.

Microsoft and Toyota announced a partnership where the automaker will use the Windows Azure Platform to build telematics services.

Under the terms of the deal:

  • The two companies will invest $12 million in Toyota Media Service Co., a Toyota subsidiary focused on information services.
  • Applications will initially focus on Toyota's hybrid and electric vehicles in 2012.
  • Toyota aims to finish a global cloud platform to deliver services by 2015.
  • In addition, Toyota is looking into connecting its vehicles, telematics and smart grid services together for better energy efficiency.

For Microsoft, the Toyota deal is a two-fer: A high-profile auto partnership to go with Ford relationship as well as a cloud computing win. Toyota gets to leverage its green vehicles and tie them into the smart grid.

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