Microsoft has announced that support for the Windows Embedded Handheld and Windows CE operating systems used on many mobile devices will reach end of life starting in 2019.
- Support for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 ended on July 10, 2018. (Source)
- Support for Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld and Windows Handheld 6.5 will end on July 9, 2019 and January 14, 2020. (Source)
Switching to Android?
With Windows no longer a viable option for many businesses, Android is becoming the top operating system for mobile computers. A report by the VDC Research states that Android OS share has grown from 24% to 37% of all rugged handheld devices from 2015 to 2016 while Windows devices fell from 49% to 39%.
Additionally, Android hardware manufacturers are adding features to support rugged environments that businesses strive for. These include custom security APIs, hardware integration APIs, and more robust management features.
What should you do?
To avoid a huge headache, we advise you to start thinking about transitioning away from your Windows device.
- Make sure both your production and IT department are aware that their devices will be reaching its end-of-life cycle.
- Contact All Barcode Systems about switching over to Android devices so we can recommend you the best options.
- Begin planning ways to prototype, pilot, and train your business to a new operating system.
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