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Microsoft vs Android OS for Enterprise Mobile Computers

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August 10, 2018
Microsoft vs Android OS for Enterprise Mobile Computers

There’s a huge shift happening in enterprise mobile computing, with thousands of facilities migrating from Windows mobile to Android. In this blog, we’ll explain why this is happening and the five biggest reasons why you should migrate your apps to Android as soon as possible.

By 2020, Windows mobility will end as we know it.

This is no crazy doomsday prediction. Microsoft has already ended all support for Windows Mobile and has ended mainstream and extended support for multiple versions of Windows Embedded Handheld. By 2020, all versions will reach their end of life, and there will be no further OS updates or security patches.

Unless you’re looking to be the next hacking victim, it’s critical to upgrade to a supported OS as soon as possible.

Windows 10 IoT is the latest Windows mobile OS, but it’s not compatible with Windows Embedded Handheld 7 or 6.5. This means a migration from those versions will be costly and time-consuming. You’ll have to redevelop your apps and databases and probably reconfigure your wireless networks.

You’ll be going through an expensive hassle to stay with Windows, when Microsoft has largely abandoned the enterprise mobile market in recent years.

The entire mobile computer industry is moving away from Windows.

Only 4% of enterprise mobile computers come with Windows 10 IoT today, and all major hardware developers have made Android their OS of choice.

This hardware switch is also driving sweeping changes in app development, with developers moving to Android in droves. If you want to avoid running an OS that most of the industry no longer supports, you need to migrate to Android. Many organizations such Home Depot, Best Buy, Whirlpool, and the U.S. Air Force have already done the same, so you’ll be in good company.

Android is an easier mobile computer OS is for everyone.

Including your IT team and the facility managers who most rely on enterprise mobile computers. Android provides a highly intuitive and extremely simple interface, which makes enterprise mobile computers much easier to use. Many workers already use it on their devices at home, so it’s an easy transition with minimal training.

Android is also an open source mobile computer OS with a thriving app store, a global network of developers and endless sample code. This makes migrating apps to Android much easier and less costly. As an added bonus, Android’s over-the-air OS and security updates make it much easier for your IT team or vendor to update your devices and protect them with the latest patches.

Android is a powerfully secure enterprise-grade OS.

Thanks to Mobility Extensions (Mx) from Zebra Technologies, you can rely on Android as a mobile computer OS. Zebra’s Android devices come with a complete set of Mx tools and utilities that give you complete control over your devices, apps, users, and connections.

You can achieve a level of security on par with anything Microsoft provides, with support for single sign-on, application and browser lock-downs, and even a customized company home screen.

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For a limited time, Zebra is offering rebates up to $300 per device when you trade in your old hardware for the latest Zebra Android mobile computers. You can even trade in non-Zebra devices, so it’s a no-brainer for easy savings.

Want to learn more about migrating your mobile computer operating systems from Windows to Android?

At Clarity Imaging Solutions we can answer any questions regarding the Android migration. We invite you to contact us today!