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Why It May Be Time to Migrate to Android as Your Mobile OS

Now that Microsoft has ended extended support for Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and is phasing out all of its Embedded operating systems, many businesses need to rethink their mobile OS strategy.

Running a non-supported Windows OS is not recommended because Microsoft will no longer issue security updates. This will leave anyone running a legacy Windows OS at serious risk, so migration to a new OS is a necessity.

Microsoft now offers Windows 10 IoT for next-generation devices and enterprise apps, but it poses several challenges and difficulties for businesses looking to migrate.   One is that migrating to Windows 10 IoT requires most developers and device makers to rewrite their apps. This is because Windows 8 and later versions are not compatible with Version 7 and earlier.  Even Windows 10 IoT has an end of life announcement making it not appropriate for investing in new development.

Much of the industrial handheld industry skipped Windows Embedded 7 and 8 in favor of sticking with Windows Embedded CE version 6, which was still powering an estimated 99 percent of devices just two years ago.

Those who chose to migrate to later embedded Windows OS versions often paid a steep price, sometimes totaling millions of dollars and years of development time.   This is because applications needed to be ported with new interfaces rather than just running the existing application on the new OS.  Many businesses are now facing the prospect of high costs and long delays in development to rewrite their apps to stay with a Windows platform that may not be supported for long.

Fortunately, there’s a potentially better alternative that the entire mobile device industry and many top organizations are embracing.  These players, along with all of the industry’s top hardware manufacturers, have made the mobile OS switch to Android for several key reasons.

Why Android Is a Great Choice

  1. Its Development is Faster and Easier. Android has a large base of development resources that makes it much faster and easier to migrate to a more modern OS and rewrite or create new apps. These include a massive global developer community and access to help resources, sample code, and app store apps.
  2. It’s Easier to Use. Since it was designed from the ground up for intuitive simplicity, Android is extremely easy for workers to use. Many of them already use Android on their own smartphones and tablets, so it’s an easy transition to use it in the workplace, and the simple interface makes it easy for them to learn how to use upgraded or new enterprise apps.
  3. It’s Now a Secure Enterprise OS. Thanks to mobile device environment tools developed by Zebra Technologies and available on the latest Zebra handheld computers, Android is a highly secure enterprise OS on par with Windows.   Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (mx) and Mobility DNA bring all the power and capabilities of the device into easy control, with features that were not even available on previous Windows mobile devices.   Combined with mobile device management platforms, you can completely control each device and application, including over-the-air updates to make it easy to apply the latest security patches and keep your devices secure.

Evaluating Android for Your Mobility Needs

To find out if Android is the right fit for your business, contact our mobility experts at Quest Solution.  We have a software development group that has already migrated many applications from Windows to Android and have worked with leading industry customers in managing Android deployments.  We can help you choose the right OS strategy and recommend the best mobile devices, software and management solutions for your future upgrade.

Call us at 1-800-242-7272 or email us now.

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