Warehouse Handhelds Flocking to Android as Windows Mobile Support Ends

As Microsoft prepares to end support for the Windows Mobile operating system on handheld devices, many warehouses find themselves in the midst of a major transition. After all, mobile computing devices have become essential parts of warehouse operations, assisting everything from picking and packing to putaway tasks.

While no one has to stop using the system if they don’t want to, those who continue using Windows on these devices will be on their own when it comes to dealing with software bugs, preventing viruses, and adding new apps in the future. It’s a risk few companies are willing to take, so many are upgrading to a new operating system.

It’s going to be a long goodbye, with Microsoft ceasing to issue software updates and security patches for both Windows Mobile and Windows CE on rolling deadlines that will hit at various points from 2018 to 2021.

Switching operating systems can be a tremendous undertaking, and this is particularly true for warehouses whose hardware is out of date. Next-generation operating systems need lots of power and memory to run, and older equipment won’t be able to keep up.

Investment Will Pay Off

It might sound like a big investment – and it is – but businesses that make the switch can note significant returns because updated handhelds can boost connectivity among the workforce as well as security.

Most Windows Mobile users will be opting for Google’s Android OS, which has quickly asserted itself as the preferred option for handheld devices in warehouses. Android OS is already used in 80 percent of smartphones around the world, and its use in rugged devices jumped by 24 percent over the year before in 2016.

The good news for businesses is that they have plenty of time to make the transition gradually, giving their IT team a chance to iron out any wrinkles in the process and enabling workers to get acquainted with the new system.

This blog post was based off of an article from DC Velocity. View the original here.

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