Originally Posted by tlp
Yes it plays the message out loud
No, you will only see the "Office" menu item if your paired to a bluetooth phone that supports email & text messages.
Office is present on my iDrive regardless to the presence of a compatible phone. Probably another difference between US and UK iDrive. I use office regularly to access all the messages I've sent to my car via google maps, iPhone remote app and the connecteddrive website.