Microsoft’s waning support for the enterprise mobile computing market has been a concern for years, and it has gotten worse now that Microsoft has ended all support for Windows Embedded Handheld operating systems. This has brought an end to the operating systems that have powered millions of enterprise mobile devices for nearly a decade or more, leaving thousands of companies with no security patches and no OS updates.
It has also created major headaches for companies that can’t migrate from their Windows Embedded Handheld systems to Microsoft’s newest Windows 10 IoT OS. Unfortunately, unless you’re migrating from Windows 8 to Windows 10 IoT, there’s no direct upgrade path, and migration requires rewriting your apps and databases as well as reconfiguring your wireless networks.
Windows mobile is also unattractive because recent versions lack the enterprise management capabilities or staging and provisioning services that many businesses need. Moreover, they don’t support the wide range of screen sizes and form factors required for industrial mobile computing. These problems are why the enterprise mobile device industry has mostly turned away from Microsoft and Windows mobile and are migrating to Android OS. Only 4% of new enterprise mobile devices are now manufactured with Windows 10 IoT, and it’s time for many businesses to rethink their OS strategy.
Trying to stay with Windows mobile is an expensive and time-consuming proposition. In fact, Home Depot took four years to migrate 28 apps to Windows 8. This is one of the biggest reasons why the company joined Whirlpool, Best Buy, and many other businesses in migrating to Android as their mobile OS.
Key reasons why your business should consider Migrating to Android:
1. Android is easier to use
Since it was designed from the ground up for intuitive simplicity, Android is extremely easy for enterprise workers to use. Many of them already use Android on their personal smartphones and tablets, so it’s an easy transition. Android’s touch-screen simplicity also helps streamline workflows with easy-to-use app interfaces plus the ability to configure custom home screens, single-button app launches, and virtual keyboards.
2. Android is now a highly secure enterprise OS
Thanks to mobile device management tools developed by Zebra Technologies and available on the latest Zebra mobile computers, Android is a highly secure enterprise OS on par with Windows. You can completely control each device and application as well as network and data access. Over-the-air updates also make it easy to apply the latest security patches and keep your devices secure.
3. It’s open-source
Android is a flexible and open-source OS. That means developers can modify the OS and add capabilities and restrictions that aren’t supported in the core OS.
4. Development is faster and easier
Android has a large base of development resources that make it much faster and easier to migrate to a more modern OS and rewrite or create new apps. The resources include a massive global developer community and access to helpful resources, sample code, and app store apps.
5. You can get lifetime OS support
While Microsoft has eliminated extended support options as of Windows 8, you can get full OS updates and security support for the lifetime of your Android devices. Zebra’s LifeGuard™ for Android™ provides 10 years of guaranteed OS and security updates—five years beyond Google’s standard support period.
Is a Switch to Android Right for Your Business?
To find out if Android is the right fit for your business, contact our technology experts at HarborTech Mobility. We’ll help you choose the right OS strategy for your mobile future, develop a migration plan, and recommend the best hardware solutions for your upgrade.