The Wall Street Journal: Microsoft, Toyota sign patent deal, potentially for connected cars

Microsoft Corp. agreed Wednesday to license a batch of patents to Toyota Motor Corp. as part of the software giant’s effort to leverage its vast intellectual-property portfolio to become a key provider of connected-car technology.

Microsoft has been racing to convince car makers to build connected-car services on top of its Azure cloud-computing service. In a blog post and video announcing the deal, Microsoft highlighted the navigation, predictive maintenance, entertainment, and voice recognition capabilities of Azure.

But Microsoft MSFT, +1.28% declined to say if Toyota TM, -0.50%7203, -0.13% intends to use the patents for any of those services.

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