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Microsoft launches new OS to power enterprise handheld devices

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5? enterprise handheld devices? Windows Mobile 6.5?

Microsoft Corp. has released Windows Embedded Handheld, an OS solution designed to power handheld devices running critical Line-of-Business applications. The new solution also ensures efficient data input and secure connection to existing enterprise infrastructure.

First to be launched is Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 with two new SKUs built on Windows Mobile 6.5 to satisfy enterprise handheld devices' need for application compatibility, device security and management capabilities, flexibility and enterprise support lifecycle.

Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and includes a consistent SDK and set of APIs between the two platforms to provide application compatibility. Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Windows Mobile 6.5 also share the same application development environment, with support for native and managed code (WinForms) applications. This provides developers with familiar tools like Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Compact Framework 3.5, so they can leverage their existing knowledge and skills to speed solutions and devices to market.

Devices running Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 are able to integrate with existing security and device management solutions like System Center Configuration Manager, Microsoft Exchange server and other 3rd party solutions.

Additionally, by building on Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 enjoys the support of a large community of independent software and hardware vendors that can supply off-the-shelf and custom solutions to meet any business need. This community also has a deep knowledge base accessible through the Windows Embedded Partner Program to help with design and development efforts.

There are two versions of Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 to choose from: Professional and Classic. Both provide touch-screen support and the same application platform to meet the needs of enterprises. However, cellular connectivity is included in the Professional SKU only.

Microsoft is extending the support life cycle for Windows Embedded Handheld to align with the typical five- to seven-year life cycle of business applications in the enterprise. Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 mainstream support runs through December 2014, and extended support runs through December 2019.

Toni McConnel
EE Times

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