I'm pleased to have a special guest post today from Rene Bernier, an OEM Account Manager at Microsoft, and, our Microsoft Strategic Account Manager to Intermec. Last week, in conjunction with our 70 Series launch, Microsoft also released Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5. You can read more about the original announcement on the official Microsoft Blog, and Rene briefs us on their announcement below.
Microsoft Releases Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
Guest post by Rene Bernier: Operating system based on Windows Mobile 6.5 to power enterprise handheld devices.
Today, I’m pleased to announce the availability of Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.
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 that integrates well with the rest of their systems, making them easy and efficient to use and to maintain. These devices provide mobile workers with access to real-time information such as inventory, product information and pricing, and they help improve customer responsiveness and sales effectiveness and secure business-critical data.
Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is built on Windows Mobile 6.5, leveraging that operating system’s capabilities for connectivity, rich applications, security and management. Mobile device makers using Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 will find a familiar, consistent development platform that helps speed time to market.
These device makers can take advantage of Windows Mobile 6.5’s large community of hardware and software vendors, which supply a wide variety of off-the-shelf and custom solutions. By delivering end-to-end solutions for device operating system needs such as data/voice connectivity, manufacturers can focus their efforts on providing the features their customers need most and which differentiate their devices in the market.
Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is also more flexible than ever: Intermec can take advantage of multiple screen sizes and input methods, peripherals to extend device capabilities, and multiple connectivity options.
Because we are committed to the success of the handheld indsutry, we are 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.
I’m excited by the tremendous response we’ve already received from Intermec to develop next-generation devices with Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 — I’m sure you’ll be excited to hear more about what they’ll be doing with the new features and functionality that are now available to them. For now, I’ll share what they’ve told us about the announcement.
Andy Stento, senior director, Global ISV Program at Intermec, said, “Enterprise customers require consistency and predictability from operating systems, coupled with rugged and reliable hardware. The evolution of the OS market is definitely taking shape, and Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 is the standard that we are proud to feature on our next-generation platform to deliver the operational efficiency and lower total cost of ownership that businesses need today.”
The team at Windows Embedded is excited to continue building on its commitment to help companies that rely on handheld terminals and ruggedized devices to thrive in today’s global marketplace by offering them innovative products through our partners. I encourage you to keep an eye on the Windows Embedded News Center for news about the Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 platform (including updates from the National Retail Federation’s 2011 BIG Show), and follow the team at @MSFTWEB on Twitter.