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Microsoft Licenses Patents To

Software giant Microsoft has announced that the company has signed a patent licensing deal with German car maker Volkswagen’s software supplier, giving the company access to its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology.

In a first-of-its-kind agreement, Microsoft has decided to license its new file systems technology that would allow car makers to let their customers’ access additional and reliable resources for accessing media files in their cars.

Microsoft’s exFAT file system allows clients to expand the size of media files that can be played via a range of consumer electronic devices and enhances the speed at which they are accessed by customers.

The software company,, started jointly by car maker Audi and EB (Elektrobit) in 2009, is developing a new in-car infotainment system that will grant drivers access to a longer menu of infotainment options while reducing the drivers’ distraction at the same time.

"exFAT will help the auto industry and other industries make it easier for their customers to move large audio and video files across devices," said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft, said in a statement.

" is leading the way for the auto industry, and we're pleased to make exFAT available to them and to others through our patent licensing program." he added.