When is Microsoft Ending Support for Windows?
On January 13, 2020, Microsoft will end all support for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5. The end of support for Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Windows Embedded 8 will follow closely behind. With that in mind, you have two years to define your new mobile strategy if you are using a Windows Embedded Handheld mobile operating system.
OS Migration Isn’t Optional
Holding onto your legacy Windows operating system is, unfortunately, no longer an option. Microsoft will no longer be releasing security patches. Companies who fail to migrate to a new operating system and continue to run on a legacy Window OS will run a significant risk.
However, outside of security benefits, migrating to a modern operating system on the latest mobile technology produces additional advantages, such as marked improvements in productivity, efficiency, and business performance.
How to Get Started
- Create an Upgrade Strategy: Select a different operating system or adopt a multi-platform approach based on your business’ specific needs. Consider an Android OS paired with Zebra mobile technology such as the TC8000.
- Redevelop Your Apps: You must upgrade or port your applications to the new OS or they will not be compatible. Take advantage of this process to streamline workflows, enhance functionality, and build better user experiences.
- Upgrade Your Devices: To finalize your OS migration, you will need to select new mobile devices that run the latest operating systems, meet the demands of your environment, and keep the total cost of ownership down.
How to Choose the Right Mobile Devices
- Durability: You must select devices that are tough enough to deal with the environment in which they operate in. Will they be running in extreme temperatures? Do they need to withstand drops or spills?
- Data Capture: The devices you select must allow for fast and accurate data collection. Will they be performing scan-intensive jobs? Capturing signatures?
- Power Use: How long do you need your devices to last throughout the day without access to a charging station? An entire shift? A few shifts?
- Ease of Use: Device ergonomics and ease of use is critical for staff productivity. Is your staff familiar with your selected OS?