G’day and welcome to the new Windows Embedded Handheld Blog.

First off I wanted to introduce myself.  Hi, my name is Dion Hutchings. I'm an engineer in the OEM division at Microsoft focusing on Windows Embedded Handheld. I've been an engineer in the embedded industry for most of my career primarily military aerospace in Australia and here in Seattle, WA. I also have fond memories working for a start-up in Australia where I worked on a software product which was an information management and workflow system with a customer focus in the government sector. Since joining Microsoft I've had various technical evangelism type roles and I loved every minute of it. I enjoy talking to folks about technology and helping partners and customers build great products with Microsoft technologies. My favourite (that’s right there is a U in favourite) technology topics are embedded, mobile/enterprise computing and cloud, Windows Azure of course.

In our first post, I wanted to cover – “What has been going on at Microsoft that’s relevant to the enterprise handheld space recently and up to now”.

You may or may not have heard that the Windows Mobile 6.5 code base has transitioned over to the Windows Embedded team leaving the Windows Phone team to concentrate solely on building an exciting new consumer mobile platform.  Never before has there been more focus on your industry, enterprise handheld, at Microsoft.  Now and in the future the Windows Embedded team and Microsoft are very committed to providing a purpose built embedded operating system and services for the handheld space.  Here is Kevin Dallas, GM Windows Embedded Business saying just that on the windows embedded handheld site.

Now let’s jump back to January this year and at CES Microsoft announced Windows 8 running on SOCs which meant that the Windows kernel has been totally re-engineered to add a new architecture, ARM alongside x86.  And let’s fast forward to the //Build conference in September where Microsoft announced the Windows 8 developer preview.  In front of an huge audience of developers, the development tools for building new types of Windows apps for a reimagined touch-first UI was showcased.

Now with that in mind, Windows Embedded has a consistent history of bringing Microsoft technologies to the embedded market, modified specifically for embedded use cases for example Windows 7 technologies inside Windows Embedded Standard 7.  So what does all of this have to do with you, someone who cares about the enterprise mobile space?  Well, I’m glad I asked myself that question.  Windows Embedded is working on the next generation Windows Embedded Handheld as I’m typing this.  Also the Windows Embedded engineers have been working hard on regular update releases and will continue to release updates for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 to our OEM partners.

Watch this space for more posts from me and others around Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.  The theme in the coming months will be Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 combined with the amazing hardware from our handheld partners remains to be an excellent platform to run your
mobile LOB apps.  Oh and please don’t hesitate to drop me a comment or suggest a topic for me to cover.

-Dion