Windows Embedded Handheld: Now We Mean Business

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Microsoft just keeps on cranking out mobile device operating systems. So far this year we’ve got the new Windows Mobile 6.5.3 (Professional & Standard Editions), Windows Phone 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7, KIN, and now Windows Embedded Handheld with Windows Embedded Handheld 7 coming next year.

As you saw here earlier this week, it was unclear as to wether Windows Phone 7 means business or does not mean business. Microsoft must have read those articles and decided to make something that really does mean business, so that’s what Windows Embedded Handheld is going to be. Mainly it sounds like the new OS will take all the good things that businesses have been using on Windows Mobile for the past decade and maintain backwards compatibility with their custom applications while also beginning to transition to the newer Silverlight-based platform that we’ll see in Windows Phone 7.

What do you think? Is this the right thing to do even though it means a bit of fragmentation among Microsoft’s mobile offerings?

(via WMPowerUser)

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!