Microsoft Signs exFAT Licensing Agreement With BMW

              Microsoft Signs exFAT Licensing Agreement With BMW

exFAT file technology allows BMW to provide cutting-edge capabilities to

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 16, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. and BMW have
signed a patent licensing agreement that gives BMW broad access to the latest
Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). BMW will utilize exFAT technology to
enhance the digital entertainment offerings in its line of automobiles.


exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for
audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy
interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. exFAT improves
on its predecessor, the FAT system, and greatly expands the size of files that
flash memory devices can handle by five times over previous FAT technology. It
also increases the speed with which those files can be accessed.

"Cutting-edge technology is a must for today's leading automotive brands,"
said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at
Microsoft. "This agreement allows BMW to utilize a modern file system to
deliver a more entertaining and connected driving experience."

Gottfried Schmid, BMW project manager, CE-Device Connection, said that "with
the support of the trend-setting file system exFAT, BMW is able to
significantly increase the number of compatible CE devices and Mass Storage
devices for our customers."

Microsoft's Commitment to Intellectual Property Collaboration

Microsoft offers flexible IP licensing programs that give companies access to
many of the foundational technologies in its own products, allowing those
companies to build devices, applications and services that work seamlessly
with each other.

Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the
company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements and continues to
develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors
to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to
Microsoft's significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP

Microsoft has entered into similar exFAT licensing agreements with companies
in a variety of industries through its IP licensing program, including Aspen
Avionics, Panasonic Corp., Research In Motion, SANYO Electric Company Ltd.,
Sony Corp. and Canon Inc.

More information on Microsoft's IP licensing program is available at, and information specifically related to
Microsoft's exFAT licensing program is available at

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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