Back in 2002, Microsoft presented its Windows Mobile operating system. Based on Windows CE, it found its way into many Pocket PCs, which until then was the only operating system from Microsoft for embedded systems. The latest version of the operating system used to power smartphones and tablets is currently Windows 10 Mobile. Now, 15 years on, the operating system has finally reached the end of the road. According to tweets by Joe Belfiore, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, there will only by bug fixes and security updates in future. Microsoft is saying that it plans to focus more on apps in the mobile sector.
Omissions and errors
With Windows Mobile, Microsoft simply did not succeed in offering a genuine alternative to Android and Apple iOS. There are several reasons for this: Microsoft failed to establish any significant user base and underestimated how different the desktop and mobile world is, for example in terms of the operating concepts. The navigation on screens less than 5 inches has to be fundamentally different than in the world of windows. It must be possible for users to navigate efficiently using an attractive and intuitive interface. However, not so with Windows Mobile, where this requirement has not been sufficiently implemented, meaning that success was never possible.
Hardware and apps are lacking
Furthermore, there were too few devices from leading manufacturers. The support on the hardware side was ineffectual – only very few hardware providers still use the operating system. HP, for instance, one of the largest PC manufacturers, recently announced that in future it would no longer be working with Microsoft's mobile operating system – this too quietly leading towards a death warrant. In addition, there were also shortcomings with the software. One of the greatest problems is the lack of apps. Even Joe Belfiore admits via Twitter that he himself uses a different platform; one reason for this being the choice of apps.
Consequences for users
Customers who have made the long and arduous switch from Windows CE, Windows Mobile 6.x or Windows Phone to Windows 10 Mobile, should now take measures. One short-term solution would be to procure replacement devices – before the last devices with the Microsoft operating system disappear from the market. In the medium to long-term, users should definitely be looking at replacing the software they use for their mobile processes.
Those who are smart, will from now on pay greater attention to platform independence with each further decision. It is precisely here that a key advantage of the software solutions from the Circlon | group comes into play – we develop our solutions with cross-platform capability. A system change or even operating multiple operating systems in parallel are possible with our solutions. What is more, we always keep abreast of the latest developments – even today, our developers are already working with next generation software.
As your partner, we have solutions ready for you
We design process and user-oriented solutions for our customers. Whether smartphone, tablet, web or desktop – we guarantee an identical code base for all the background processes and integrate optimised interfaces. We can always supply replacement hardware for Windows Mobile devices at short notice. Even better, we will put together complete packages for you or design sustainable, forward-thinking solutions as part of the switchover. At the same time, we explore the available options and assess the outlay for an efficient change, e.g. from Windows Mobile to Android, and we offer assistance during the software porting process.
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