End of support for Windows CE & Windows Mobile Operating Systems...
February 6, 2020
[last update: September 3, 2020 ]
Is this Doomsday or a New Dawn for the Warehouse?
You may have read that Microsoft is in the end of life phase on its Windows Operating Systems for mobile devices: Windows CE & Windows Mobile. Some versions, such as Windows CE 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6.5, are already end of support and others like Windows CE 7.0 will go end of support in the next 12 months.
Most rugged mobile devices used in Warehousing and Manufacturing applications use Windows Operating Systems, so will be affected. This isn’t a doomsday scenario, but there will be security implications if you continue to use unsupported Windows Operating Systems based devices beyond the support date, so now is the time to be planning to move to new technology. New technology can ease operational challenges, so by embracing Android devices in the warehouse you can transform your business operations.
- Familiarity – Android delivers the user-friendly interface that your users expect from their smart devices, which improves productivity and reduces training time.
- Productivity – Faster devices, better WiFi performance, better displays, better battery performance, capture all 1D and 2D barcodes; these features all enable your workforce to increase their productivity.
- Capability – Connect to your WMS or ERP system using Terminal Emulation or Web clients without additional development. Modernize your applications to make them touchscreen friendly and intuitive. Add off the shelf Apps or develop new Apps to digitize other business processes. Add voice, messaging and email communications.
- Innovation – Enhance your existing warehouse processes by optimising them at the point of execution. New technologies such as voice control, head mounted displays, RFID and real time locationing allow you to change workflows to meet the needs of the on demand economy.
OpalTec can help you implement a strategy to migrate to new technology, including selecting the right devices, migrating your applications to Android, testing and piloting, planning the upgrade, putting the right levels of support in place for the new devices, and once this is all complete, we can buy back your existing Windows devices. Whilst your planning your upgrade, OpalTec can continue to support your legacy Windows devices.
Remove the fear of End of Support, and embrace the New Dawn of Android with Zebra and OpalTec.
Contact us today to discuss an Android migration strategy tailored to your business needs.
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