Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows Embedded
Windows Embedded Handheld is the platform that powers enterprise
handheld devices. Businesses such as retailers, delivery companies
and others that rely on handheld computers depend on Windows Embedded
Handheld to run critical business applications in an environment
which integrates well with the rest of their systems. These devices
provide mobile workers with access to real-time information such as
inventory, product information and pricing.
Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is built on Windows Mobile 6.5.
Microsoft claims that the new version is more flexible than ever:
Device makers can take advantage of multiple screen sizes and input
methods, peripherals to extend device capabilities and multiple
Microsoft is also extending the support lifecycle for Windows
Embedded Handheld to align with the typical five to seven-year
lifecycle of business applications in the enterprise. Windows
Embedded Handheld 6.5 mainstream support runs through December 2014,
and extended support runs through December 2019.
Microsoft partners, including Intermec, Motorola and Honeywell,
continue to build devices for their customers using either the
Windows Embedded CE or Windows Mobile platform.
According to analyst firm VDC Research, Microsoft is the leader in
providing a platform for creating software solutions that power
ruggedized handheld terminals and devices: Microsoft Windows Embedded
CE and Windows Mobile 6 operating systems accounted for 87 percent of
the approximately 2.3 million ruggedized handheld devices shipped in