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Old 02-26-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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Microsoft Sync Dropped

So my biggest concern with ordering the F350 for my TV was that the electronics in the Ford Super Duty trucks is based on Microsoft software. Now I hear Ford has plans to drop the Microsoft software and replace it with QNX based software now owned by Blackberry.

(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...nc-system.html)

Rumor is that the 2015 model year vehicles will be the last year that has the Microsoft version.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Microsoft Sync software? Am I making a big mistake going with the F350? Any idea if they might offer an upgrade down the road to get rid of the Microsoft stuff?

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Old 02-26-2014, 08:29 PM   #2
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I haven't had any trouble at all with the software in my 2012 F350. I drove GM for well over 35 years before I switched to the Ford product and now I wouldn't switch back.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:57 PM   #3
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What does Cheb and Dodge use?
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Consumer Reports (I know they are not always kind to US Auto Builders) has not been kind to Fords Sync system. Mine has worked OK but maybe new software is not a bad thing.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:24 PM   #5
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My 2010 Ford Sync software works fine. There are what I would consider a few usability items that could be addressed, but nothing major.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:15 PM   #6
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I had a 2010 Toyota Sequoia Platinum (kind of a pricey suv) and I think the sync in the Ford works about the same as it did.
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:51 AM   #7
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My 2012 F350 Lariat Sync software does the job. Switching to ONX could be a cost driven decision. The F350 has been very dependable for me and pulls my 2013 36RL without effort.
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We have had numerous Fords with the Sync system. Basically it probably isn't overly user friendly, but it does work.

I read that the 2015's are coming out with an improved and more user friendly software package and simplified voice commands.

For me the voice commands generally don't understand my accent, so DW has to do the talking.

The F350 is a great TV, no need to reconsider.
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I was looking at aftermarket radios to replace my standard button type. The salesman also discussed some buyer frustrations with the new APP radios, as they suddenly have issues if they change phones or services and suddenly there is a $1K radio that doesn't talk to your phone anymore so most if its functions are useless. They use the phone for Wi-Fi, weather, sometimes gps, etc.

I go crazy on this stuff. Just tried to update maps on an old Nuvi; garmin software is incompatible with Explorer 11 so I have to go to Chrome just to download. Then I try to update maps on my chartplotter - not compatible with a 64bit computer, so I have to "rent" a chip from them and they mail me the updates and I send them back the chip to get my deposit back. Seems like 2 years is about it for all this junk, and it's ready to sell for parts on Ebay!
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Were you referring to electronics or Ford's?
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