Windows End of Life: What’s Your Hardware Device Upgrade Path?

In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft will be ending support of Windows Embedded Handheld (Windows Mobile) 6.5 and Windows CE in December 2019 and will cease production on any new devices with these operating systems. What does this mean for you, and should you replace your outdated devices?

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What does Windows End of Life mean for you?

Authorized hardware vendors like RF-SMART will not be able to purchase devices on these operating systems once the deadline has passed, and it will be the end of technological advances as well. Microsoft support (security fixes) ended for Windows CE 6 in early 2018 and will end for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 in early 2020. After those dates, vulnerability or errors found in Microsoft's code will no longer be fixed. For this and other reasons, many customers are planning a transition to new applications running on Android. 

What is your next step?

We want our customers to have access to the most up-to-date, secure and reliable technology. That means if you are on one of these operating systems, you will want to evaluate upgrading your devices.

If you’re worried that you won’t be able to fill in the gap of your Windows Device, rest assured that Android has you covered. These popular devices control 80% of the world smartphone marketplace—making it an easy transition for users. This also expands your hardware options to manufacturers like Honeywell and Zebra.

For a quick reference, here is a chart which will help in determining the most logical upgrade path:

Current Device

Logical Device

Option 2

CK71 – End of Life

CK65 Android

CN80 Android

CK75 Windows

CK65 Android

CN80 Android

CK3X Windows

CK65 Android

CN80 Android

CT50 Android – End of Life

CT60 Android

CN80 Android

75e Windows

CT40 Android


Thor VM1

VM1A Android


MC9200 Windows

MC9300 Android

MC3300 Android

MC9100  Windows

MC9300 Android

MC3300 Android

MC9000 Windows

MC9300 Android

MC3300 Android


Added benefits of Android devices

  • Android provides ease of use and customization
    One of the many benefits of Android devices is their flexibility. Androids are Open Source devices, meaning the operating system is open to be changed. There’s loads of apps and other customization (such as the home screen) that can really tailor the device to your needs. Android enables companies to access a large ecosystem of applications, development tools, and resources. 

  • Android is future-ready
    If Window's end of life has you in a tizzy, there is good news: all new scanners will operate on the Android system for years to come. Additionally, as younger generations take over warehouse operations, they will be more familiar with web applications than with older telnet applications.
  • Android is secure
    Android offers flexible networking and strong  security features, such as seamless updates like Chrome. There are a lot of customizable security settings, as well as the ability to select specific network channels.

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What is the next step? Start by contacting your RF-SMART Hardware Partner.  In evaluating new devices, we will want to understand if some of your requirements may have changed or if you may want to look at devices with a different form factor. Our team will work with you to determine the best device that meets your needs and create an upgrade plan tailored to your business and budget. 

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