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Fact vs. Fiction: The Future of Your Windows Mobile Device


It’s something that’s been on our radar for a long time. In fact, three years ago we wrote a post about how Microsoft will end its support of the Windows mobile device operating systems.

There’s nothing fiction about this.

The fact is, in 2020, Microsoft will be phasing out their mobile operating devices, and there’s no turning back. Plus, many cell phone companies will be retiring older 2G/3G networks and sticking with LTE. So, what does this all really mean? Well, if you currently use a Windows mobile device to manage your business, you should seriously start thinking about upgrading.

Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and it seems like every few weeks there’s a new software update or new feature available. Better technology means better devices and faster response time. And, the fact is, Android continues to come out on top.

But, don’t just take our word for it. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2020 Android devices will own more than 80% of the mobile operating system market share worldwide.[1] Today, Android owns about 76% of that market share, followed by Apple iOS at 19%, and Windows at 1%.[2]


What this means for you

As a professional in the supply chain process, we highly recommend that you conduct a full assessment of your handheld, mobile computers, and tablets. If necessary, work with the appropriate IT team to help understand the type of technology in use. If you own Windows devices, consider this your warning.

Here are a few facts that will become a reality as we get closer to end of life support for Windows and retired 2G/3G networks:

  • No security updates, leaving your business susceptible to a data breach or security issue.
  • No support for issues, such as bugs, cracked screens, or battery replacements.
  • Unfriendly user-experience; sluggish equipment due to lack of updates.
  • Dropped calls, spotty coverage, or no access to data as older 2G/3G networks retire.

But, I have until 2020, right?

Fact: Technically, yes. You have until 2020.

Fiction: You should just wait until then.

Fact: You don’t have to do this alone.

That’s a statement we stand behind 100%. Migrating to new technology is no easy task, and you should never have to do it alone.

The AB&R® Solution Process is our promise to you. We work one-on-one with you to understand more about your business, not just to sell a product. With the transition from Windows to Android, we also offer time-saving solutions such as Honeywell’s Mobility Edge Platform, which offers the following benefits as explained in the video below:

Plus, we offer some snazzy products that can turn your mobile devices into RFID readers, too!

Let us help you tackle this challenge.

To learn more about the Windows end of life or to get more information about transitioning from Windows to Android, contact us below.


[1] https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160303005418/en/Smartphone-Growth-Expected-Drop-Single-Digits-2016

[2] http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share/mobile/worldwide/#yearly-2012-2018


Since 1980, AB&R® (American Barcode and RFID) has been a nationally-recognized integrator of proven solutions that drive efficiency and productivity in the supply chain. Those solutions include asset tracking, inventory management, work force mobilization, wireless networking, and the managed services to support them all. For further information about AB&R® please visit www.abr.com

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