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Microsoft and Fiat get cars going mobile

Fiat will debut its Microsoft-equipped cars at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

This year's Geneva Motor Show, held from March 2-12, will see Fiat debuting its Microsoft-equipped cars.

Fiat and Microsoft, which have been working together since 2004, are taking the wraps off a number of models sporting a new product known as Blue&Me, based on the Windows Mobile for Automotive operating system. Blue&Me allows Alfa Romeo and Fiat owners to connect their in-car systems to their phones and other gadgets using Bluetooth, with data displayed on a panel controlled by buttons in the steering wheel. The new models will also sport USB ports, to connect drivers' MP3 players to their cars.

Fiat and Microsoft are also working on a version of the Blue&Me software that will work with GPS satellite navigation.

Jo Best reported for