For years Industrial Mobile devices in the warehouse have run on Windows operating systems. Few users even know which version of Windows it is! (Windows CE or Windows Mobile) But soon there will be no further devices that run Windows at all, as the main manufacturers have all announced that NONE of their forthcoming mobile computers and terminals will use Windows.
"Why?" you might ask, "what's going on?", well the answer is that its been coming for quite a few years now, but everyone's been ignoring the fact that Microsoft have been back peddling over replacements for CE 6.0 and Windows Mobile 6.5 for ages and have not offered major manufacturers such as Zebra Technologies, a Windows roadmap for the future.
"So what?" you say, "it doesn't affect me", but it really does and it may dramatically affect your businesses strategy on industrial mobile computers used in Factories, Warehouses, Supply Chain etc. The reason for this is that suppliers such as Zebra, will from now on only really offer Android as the base OS on mobile devices. This means that businesses that run big ERP systems like SAP, etc, can no longer be sure that the connecting client software that they have been using for years, will run on the new Android Enterprise platforms. Also any new ERP connectivity client software is likely to be Android only.
The problem is that Windows CE 6 and Windows Mobile 6.5 are actually very OLD indeed and have been slipping in and out of "End of Support" by Microsoft for years, with Microsoft continually revising the OS end of support date forward after complaints from some big customers.
And if that's not trouble enough, many very large organisations are currently unsure about Android devices on their networks due to concerns about the security of their network infrastructure. However Zebra technologies have over the last 8 years perfected an Enterprise Optimised Android version that offers total security and a range of tools to lock down Android devices in the enterprise workspace.
But now its crunch time! With Android the only game in town from major suppliers, its time to embrace this new OS and start to listen to the advice of Zebra when they talk about Enterprise Android, running on their latest devices such as the Zebra TC70 and the rest of their Android only range.
Watch the videos of how L'Oreal and Graham and Brown, were advised by Barcode-IT ( a division of Dash Computer Products) to consider Android and how the process was much simpler than they thought. Plus, hear how the new Zebra kit brought unexpected benefits, super fast barcode readers and enthusiastic worker acceptance.
If you are interested in finding out more about the options for migrating away from Windows to Android, or need to understand which of your current mobile devices are discontinued and you need to understand your options, speak to an expert from Barcode-IT or Dash Computer Products.