transition from Windows mobile to Android

Your options for Windows Embedded CE end of life

If your business relies on software running on Windows Embedded devices, Portech can help you to port your apps as Microsoft ends software support for Windows embedded OS from 2018.
Organisations using Windows CE and Windows Embedded handhelds should take note of the key dates in end of life (EOL) support for Microsoft Embedded Operation System (OS):

2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0 End of Life
2019 – Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld End of Life
2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 End of Life

Android KitKat, Marshmallow or Nougat
Windows 10 IoT
Windows CE 7.0

The clock is ticking for Windows Embedded

We can help with your move to other platforms and hardware as you replace your older rugged handhelds still running Windows Embedded systems. Depending on the number of devices in your organisation, we can advise on your upgrade strategy to ensure there is a smooth roll-out, as the final deadline in 2020 isn’t that far off. When you switch away from Windows Embedded, your apps will need to be rewritten in order for them to work on Android. It is here that the clock is really ticking, your apps may have taken years to develop, design, and test, and technical teams will need enough time to reproduce them.

Want to discuss your migration requirements? Speak to our expert mobile enterprise team.

Should you switch to Android?

Whether you’re using rugged devices in the retail, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, field services, government or another industry, Android is likely to be a frontrunner when planning your upgrade strategy. Users familiar with Android’s UI on mobile phones will find the transition to a new Android-powered device less painful and with touchscreen technology a part of everyday life, most operators can intuitively use an Android enabled device with little additional instruction. Leading hardware manufacturers are undertaking a major push to put current versions of Android onto rugged devices and handhelds. This is reflected in the latest rugged mobile devices – many resemble a robust Android smartphone.

If you want to explore how Android is right for your mobile enterprise apps, contact us today

Contact us for a free consultation for migrating your existing windows mobile solution to Android



    • Businesses can future proof their technology investment and guarantee OS support for the foreseeable

    • Protection from OS related downtime

    • New OS provides businesses with a familiar device for users, resulting in less training time

    • Improved technology adoption due to devices meeting user experience expectations

    • Latest technology brings improved OS support, applications and performance


    • Businesses need to have the budget available to invest in new technology.

    • Application compatibility can be an issue when transitioning to a new OS resulting in increased migration costs


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