Windows CE and Windows Embedded Handheld End of Life Cycle

Posted February 7, 2017

Honeywell Android Barcode Mobile Computer 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.

Arguably the most flexible and capable OS solution for future devices would be Android. Being based on the familiar smartphone experience, Android  makes the transition easier as it is familiar to almost any user. Android is also easier to develop on, which makes it a very common platform for a wide range of applications.

Top mobile device manufactures have already been adopting Android in their devices from smartphones to rugged devices and handhelds for the warehouse. Some of the most popular and in use devices today are running Android OS already.

Changing and migrating to a new platform is always a daunting task but a little forethought now will provide noticeable returns later. You can also contact one our mobility specialists and we can help you find the perfect device to meet your needs, budget, and future requirements.

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