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R.I.P. Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5

Posted by Christian Blunschi on Jan 16, 2020 7:29:27 AM

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End-of-Life of Extended Support for Windows Embedded 6.5

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about the most effective and efficient approach to migrating to Android devices, and how there was a great deal of noise in the marketplace concerning the looming end-of-support for Windows CE and Windows Mobile. This week it finally happened, a culmination of rolling end-of-life notices that have been ongoing for the last year and a half. And when the last of those days finally came, a distinctive millennium bug-like silence was in the air as the moment device manufacturers and software companies have been warning us about for the past few years came and went quietly.

Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 reached end-of-life January 14, 2020, after ten years, passing away in relative calm. According to the Microsoft end-of-life support notice, the specific end of support day was January 14, 2020. "Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your mobile computer are no longer available for the product."

The universe remains intact and millions of ruggedized mobile devices continue to operate normally. To give credit where it's due, ten years is quite a long time for an OS to be around and that longevity speaks volumes to the success of the platform. However, it is officially the end of an era and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 has given way to its de facto replacement, the Android operating system.

Most rugged mobile equipment manufacturers have been preparing for this for some time now and have a range of handheld, wearable and vehicle mounted computers that run up-to-date versions of Android. In fact, Android is now the most viable way forward and anyone still waiting to replace their scanning equipment should be developing their migration strategies by now.

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Topics: Android, Terminal Emulation, SmartTE, Modernization, Universal Windows Platform, end-of-life, Windows Mobile