End of Life Support for Windows Handheld OS


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Support for Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld bid its farewell last June and soon end of life for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 will follow pursuit. Microsoft’s prime years soon come to an end despite being a first choice for most rugged devices in the market such as Honeywell and Zebra. Microsoft could not compete with the quick development of Android & iOS – two of the toughest operating system contenders in the market.


End of Life Timeframe for Windows CE & Windows Handheld:

  • June 10, 2018 – Windows CE Embedded
  • June 09, 2019 – Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld
  • January 14, 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5

With news about support for the Windows Embedded Handheld reaching end of life, is it time to switch to Android?


Experts are saying that switching to Android is preferable because it’s more futureproof. Many businesses have thought about either migrating to a different OS or purchasing a new hardware. Given the costs of acquiring a new hardware, migrating to a better operating system has been thought of as a more practical and cost-effective solution.


Windows has been the standard operating system for rugged handheld devices, but by now businesses need to plan for an upgrade and change in OS to prevent complications especially since the end of life for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is near.


Android has risen as the top operating system contender for rugged devices with Windows no longer in the market for enterprise handhelds. Android evolves with the rugged enterprise market and continues to offer solutions that are adaptable to the trends needed for enterprise use.


Strategize and plan before the end of life comes for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5. Many businesses have considered Android as the top solution to the end of life of Windows support for handheld devices. Developing applications for enterprise use are easier with Android and is a common platform for several other applications.


With 2020 not being far away, rugged device manufacturers have made the switch to Android OS. Several popular devices are already operating in Android OS like the Zebra TC55, TC51, Honeywell Dolphin 75e, and Honeywell CT50 among others.


Strike manufactures several mobile phone cradle solutions for enterprise smartphones such as Zebra, Motorola, and Panasonic to improve your driving experience and provide daily work solutions. Check out the full list of mobile phone and tablet holders available here!


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