If you use technology, updating becomes part of your routine. Whether it’s a new operating system a sleek new phone, we want the keep current – except on the shop floor. If that old barcode scanner works, we’re happy.
But in reality, even shop floor technology reaches its end of life.
Microsoft has announced that if you use barcode scanners and rugged handheld devices in your workflows that run on the Windows CE and Embedded Operating Systems, Microsoft will be ending support starting this year. The risk for you is that if/when your mobile applications fail, you may not have any support options.
The End of Life dates for Windows CE or Windows Embedded Handheld:
- June 10, 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0
- June 9, 2019 – Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld
- January 14, 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
Once the End of Life date is reached, you will not have access to:
- Security updates or non-security hotfixes
- Free or paid support options
- Microsoft product development resources
- Updates to online content (Knowledge Base articles, etc.)
Don’t panic, you can continue to use your barcode scanners and mobile devices after these dates, but you assume the risk that your shop floor mobile applications will either fail one day or will not connect to today’s evolving technology.
Handheld devices are largely moving to the Android OS which offers an easy transition path because many employees use it on their smart phones. For developers, Microsoft now provides mobile device development tools that work with Android.
TwinEngines will work with you to transition to the next generation of handheld devices. While we will continue to support and develop custom Windows mobile applications for manufacturers planning to use their current devices for 2-3 years, we can also convert existing applications and build new applications that run on Android and IOS.