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Android Vs. Windows OS: Windows CE and Embedded Handheld End of Life Cycle

Posted November 16, 2017

Windows CE and Embedded Handheld End of Life Cycle


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Windows CE and Windows Embedded Handheld End of Life Cycle

Posted February 7, 2017

There is no need to panic just yet but any business that is currently using devices with Windows CE or Windows Embedded Handheld should start to plan for the future. Starting in 2018 through 2020, Microsoft is phasing out support of their Windows Embedded Operating Systems you find on many mobile devices. Windows-based OS are very common especially in the case of more rugged handheld devices, so as you replace these devices you will want to consider changing to some of the alternate OS to future-proof your investment.

  • June 10, 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0 will be End of Life
  • June 9, 2019 –  Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld will be End of Life
  • January 14, 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 will be End of Life

3 years till 2020 isn’t really that far away. Preparing your upgrade strategy now will prevent a lot of headaches later and won’t slow down your business.

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Android Lollipop for the Zebra TC70/TC75

Posted September 5, 2016

Ever since the initial release, the Zebra TC75/TC70 Series has become one of the most popular mobile computers due to its convenient form factor and robust feature set. With over 200,000 unit deployed the TC75/TC70 are helping businesses of all types improve daily efficiencies and empower their workforce.

In order to better serve their customers Zebra has announced that Android v5.1 Lollipop will soon be available for the TC7x Series. The upgraded Android OS is expected to be available for download on Zebra’s Support site on approximately August 22, 2016 for TC70 and August 30, 2016 for TC75.

All future devices will have the newest Android OS installed but for customers preferring the older OS versions a simple ‘back-rev’ to their OS version will be available.

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