The evolution of enterprise AIDC is gaining speed as support for Windows Embedded Operating Systems is phased out. Here is the current schedule:
- June 10, 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0 will be End of Life
- June 9, 2019 – Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld will be End of Life
- January 14, 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 will be End of Life
Remember when phones were for phone calls? That seems like a very long time ago but the iPhone was first released only 11 years ago (June 29, 2007). Also, the Android OS followed soon thereafter (September 23, 2008), together dramatically changing the way we communicate.
Legacy enterprise installations using Windows Embedded OS are difficult to change. However, there’s nothing like deadlines to force action. Interestingly, we now commonly find enterprises investing in new Android OS mobile computers, as well as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, with and without accessories.
So, what is the future? Primarily, it’s leveraging the new operating systems and devices with cloud-based AIDC. Of course, you’ve heard that before, but why is that so important?
For instance, we had a Fortune-100 customer tell us that it took him 9-months to change the label on the user-input field in their legacy Windows Embedded OS mobile app.
First and foremost, this is probably not common. Therefore, it’s likely there are other factors involved. Therefore, we showed him how to change a label in a field quickly and globally deploy that to all authorized mobile app-users with a click. As a result, he was convinced about the power of the cloud.
In our opinion, the mobile computer manufacturer and AIDC service provider that leverages the cloud will lead the way into the future and be rewarded with market-share for their foresight.