WHEN DOES SUPPORT END FOR WINDOWS?
Microsoft will be ending its extended support as follows:
- January 1, 2020, – Windows Mobile & Embedded.
- January 1, 2021, for Windows Embedded Compact Edition.
WHAT DOES “THE END OF MICROSOFT SUPPORT” MEAN FOR MY BUSINESS?
Windows has a support life cycle which typically lasts for 10 years from the date of the product’s release date —the end of this period is known as the product’s end of support. During the lifecycle, features like security fixes, bug fixes are provided by Microsoft. When Windows® Embedded 6.5 reaches its end of support in 2020, and Windows® Embedded Compact 7.0 reaches its end of support in 2021, Microsoft will no longer be providing:
- Technical support.
- Bug fixes for issues that are discovered which may impact the stability and usability of the device.
- Security fixes for any issues that cause the device to be vulnerable to a security breach.
ARE SECURITY BREACHES A THREAT TO THE WAREHOUSE INDUSTRY?
Absolutely – Any business can be a target. Most of your devices run on Windows CE, a 20-year-old operating system. They’re simply not architected to handle modern -day threats. Think of Spectre. Microsoft declared that it is not going to be patching these devices for such vulnerabilities, which can potential disrupt and stall your operations.
IS ANDROID SECURE?
Yes – Android as an operating system is very secure. It has multiple layers of protection to keep threats at bay, and it requires your specific permission to do almost anything that could lead to your device being compromised.
Android is continually updated and meets major security certifications including PCI DSS, HIPAA and FIPS 140-2.
IS NOW THE BEST TIME TO UPGRADE?
Yes – As demands are constantly increasing. If you want to keep up with the pace and keep devices secure, upgrade the devices workers use every day for peace of mind.
Recommended upgrade models
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The new Zebra MC3300. The Zebra MC3300 can be configured four ways – pistol-style, turret with rotating head, straight shooter 0 o scan and 45º scan– giving you options for every use case. And, they’re all designed with ergonomics and performance in mind. Get the mobile computer that factors into more productivity for your business.