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Windows Embedded 8 Handheld Is the Future Choice for Ruggedized Handhelds

Published: 28 January 2013

ID: G00247521

Analyst(s): Ken Dulaney

Summary

Microsoft has finally announced its plans for a successor to Windows Mobile: Windows Embedded 8 Handheld. Only select OEMs will be supported, challenging the market for greater consolidation.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Windows Embedded 8 Handheld (WE8H) and its successor (likely Windows Embedded.next) will emerge as the most prominent rugged device platforms
  • Underlying platform transitions will force more ruggedized application development to be undertaken in HTML5
  • Restricted OEM licensing of WE8H will further push consolidation and downsizing of the ruggedized handheld industry, but will encourage a more sustainable market

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