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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
This week in New York, we’re rolling out the newest member of our Windows Embedded family, and it’s a complete re-imagining of what an enterprise mobile device should be. D’Arcy Salzmann, senior product manager for Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, has details.
At the end of 2011, Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded, shared with our customers and partners that the next generation of Windows Embedded Handheld would be based on Windows 8 technology. This past October, we provided more details when we published our updated Windows Embedded road map, noting that the new platform is built on Windows Phone 8 and would be called Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, and we promised that more details would be available in January.
Today at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO, our team is taking the covers off of Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, introducing our device hardware partners, and showcasing the next generation of mobile line-of-business application experiences with one of our launch customers, showing how Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices help them deliver on the promise of intelligent systems.
Microsoft and mobile devices for industry have a long and successful history together. Starting with Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Microsoft mobile platforms today power mobile devices in all industries, helping businesses and governments deliver secure mobile productivity in stores, warehouses, delivery fleets, ports, hospitals, and airplanes. Devices from Microsoft’s hardware partners ensure customers have durable, secure, and reliable connectivity to enterprise systems, allowing them focus on their business, whether inside their showrooms, on the road, at the jobsite or at their customers.
Getting to know Windows Embedded 8 Handheld
Windows Embedded 8 Handheld is more than just the successor to Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5. It’s a complete re-imagination of the enterprise mobile device. With Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, the platform is now based on the Windows Phone 8, which itself is built on Windows 8. In addition to the highly-praised Windows Phone 8 user interface, both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Embedded 8 Handheld now share a common kernel with Windows. The benefits from this enterprise-tested platform, from security to reliability to performance to development tools is immediately available to enterprises.
In creating Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, we partnered deeply with our hardware partners and launch customers to align on the scenarios we’d deliver to support those customers in their deployments. Here is an introduction to what Windows Embedded 8 is delivering when the first devices are deployed later this year:
Introducing our device partners
Our Windows Embedded 8 Handheld program is a joint effort between Microsoft and our partners, Bluebird, Honeywell, Ingenico, Intermec and Motorola Solutions. Each of these partners brings unique capabilities and focus to our program:
We’re working directly with each partner on their device programs and in the coming months we’re looking forward to being able to showcase the innovation these partners are bringing to market.
Come see for yourself
We’re at the NRF event in New York today and tomorrow, giving a preview of the next generation of industry mobile devices. In the Microsoft booth, we’re showcasing a complete intelligent system together with The Home Depot and we’ll be showing an early development prototype of a Windows Embedded 8 Handheld device from Motorola. We’d love to talk to you about what Microsoft and our partners can do for you with Windows Embedded 8 Handheld.