Key Considerations for OS Migration
By 2020, Microsoft will end its support of legacy Windows products and operating systems. Moreover, your existing enterprise devices will be incompatible with most new OS (operating system) developments. The fact is your business will need to invest and rewrite applications regardless of the OS you choose. Here are some things to consider:
The Android Opportunity
Google Android OS is gaining ground with IDC reporting the OS has 83% of the global consumer market share. Currently, there are over 74 enterprise Android device models available from 22 manufacturers and that includes an additional 40 products that have come to market within the past year. There’s good reason for its success: it’s open, flexible, compatible with Microsoft, and it offers the kind of control IT demands.
Zebra's Enterprise Android devices ...
There's an Zebra device for every environment.
Strategic Systems offers the most complete portfolio of Android enterprise devices on the market. We can help you integrate all the applications and business tools you need, and configure your devices to fit any workflow. And we can help you select the right device for you application. Considerations include:
What about my existing applications?
Strategic Systems offers comprehensive application migration services. We can help you take your legacy applications into the modern world. You'll be able to increase customer satisfaction, decrease costs, and add new and modern capabilities with our specialized skills and delivery capabilities.
Modern Terminal Emulation Migration
With the enhancements from terminal emulation partners such as Ivanti and Staylinked, you can run existing green screen apps on Android mobile computer to quickly recap the benefits of mobile hardware. Modernize at your own pace to push productivity further.
Our app modernization services help IT leaders reduce operating costs and capital spending, and will free up your team members to focus on strategic initiatives. We can help you:
Are there alternatives to Android?
There are. Alternatives include Apple iOS, and Windows 8.1 and 10. It's important to consider the advantages and disadvantages when comparing mobile OS alternatives, and we can help you every step of the way.
Windows 8.1 and 10
- Developers understand it and employees recognize it
- Many of back-office systems depend upon it
- Enterprise-ready OS
- Clear roadmap of forthcoming features
- Very different from legacy Windows Mobile
- Old applications will still have to be rewritten for the modern Windows OS
- User interface is very different to Windows Mobile and unfamiliar to users of Google Android
- Instantly recognizable interface
- Intuitive user experience
- Undeniable "cool factor" that comes with operating Apple devices
- Restricted choice of hardware
- App store does not offer the same level of security as an in-house enterprise app store
- No visibility of OS upgrades
- No guarantees that your applications will work in the next OS update
- Battery capacity
- Maintaining strong wireless connections and seamless roaming
- Slow scanning speeds
If your team's mobile handhelds currently run on one of the following operating systems, you're devices platform is currently unsupported or is at risk of being unsupported within the next three years.
|Operating System||General Support Ends||Extended Support Ends|
|Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5||Ended||January 13, 2020|
|Windows Embedded Compact 7||Ended||April 13, 2021|
|Windows Embedded CE 6.0||Ended||Ended|
|Windows Embedded Handheld 8.1||July 9, 2019||N/A|
|Others (CE 5.0, WM 5.0, WM 6.1, WM 6.5, WEHH 8.0)||Ended||Ended|
Want to learn more about OS Migration?
We can show you practical ways to prepare for impending OS changes, which solutions can make the biggest impact, how to transition smoothly, and which tools and frameworks are available to ease migration.