Dealing With Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life

Dealing With Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life

One of the most important operating systems that was at one time underpinned many enterprise mobility deployments is about to enter the last 2 years of life. Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life

Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life

Long before iOS and Android Microsoft announced Windows CE in 1996. The OS was designed to operate satisfactorily on the small memory capacities of palm sized devices at the time. Although recognised by many as targeted at hand held computers many platforms ended up using derivatives of CE.

In the enterprise mobility market Windows CE, Windows Mobile, and Pocket PC are often used interchangeably this is in no doubt in part due to their common origin. This practice is not entirely accurate. You can read more about the history of Windows “CE” here.  and Windows “Mobile” here.

A roll call of key Windows CE based devices used in the enterprise would generate a blog post of epic length, These are three of our favourite devices that were sold in large quantities all across the world into a variety of application areas including Manufacturing T&L and Retail,

Symbol / Motorola MC9090

Intermec CN3

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A faltering mobile OS business hurt Microsoft for many years, although popular in the enterprise due to high adoption market appropriate hardware and plentiful development tools. Versions of the OS for phones had been losing market share since 2007.

End of an Era Key Dates

These EoL dates have been trailed by Microsoft for some time.

June 2018 – Windows Embedded CE 6.0
June 2019 – Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld
January 2020 – Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5

So What Comes Next

For many users this will be something to discuss with their software vendor. The coming Microsoft Windows CE OS end of life may make little difference if the devices are working and no major system upgrades are planned. However as hardware itself becomes EoL and developer resource dries up it will be time to move on to something else.  What that is very much depends on your circumstances, there is no one sized fits all approach. In a straight swap the top two options for many sites are clearly Android and Windows 10 but some may consider iOS.

Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life

Don’t let the Microsoft Windows CE OS End of Life get the better of your operation. Call us to disucss how we can help you weigh up the options and plan for the future.

Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App

Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App

Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App

The folks at MobileDemand have introduced xKeyPad the Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App.

This revolutionary app provides a persistent numeric keypad and barcode scanning application in one.

  • Fast numeric data entry.
  • Auto-entry for fast and efficient use.
  • Day or night vision modes.
  • Left or right side positioning.
  • Snaps to side of screen, allowing your working software to remain.
  • Stays on screen, say goodbye to the annoying pop up Windows soft keyboard.

Base Features  – Keypad Number Data Entry

Manually input numbers quickly and efficiently, without your keypad getting in the way.  xKeyPad conveniently docks to the side of the screen that you prefer, working effectively with multiple applications. Other programs snap into place while xKeyPad stays where you left it.

Premium Features – Keypad & Barcode Scanning

Your device no longer needs a dedicated built-in barcode scanner. xKeyPad utilizes your device’s camera to scan 25 different types of barcode symbologies. It has the capability for custom formatting, to make your mobile productivity even faster. Already have a built-in barcode scanner on your MobileDemand rugged tablet? No problem; you can purchase the xKeyPad base plan for just the keyboarding features.

  • Handy view window to target barcodes
  • All major 1D/2D symbologies supported with pre- and post-ambles
  • Custom barcode formatting – allows auto tab, enter, or other key functionality
  • Custom formatting and programmable actions increase your productivity

Open Platform

xKeyPad is not only for MobileDemand tablets. It will run on the Microsoft Surface or any other Windows 10 tablet.

Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App

To learn more about the Windows 10 Tablet Numeric Keypad and Barcode Scanning App get in touch or download an evaluation copy here.

Sewoo Thermal Printers Target Cost-Conscious Users

Sewoo Thermal Printers Target Cost-Conscious Users

Sewoo Thermal Printers

Enterprise mobility specialist MobileWorxs has added Sewoo thermal printers range of products to its portfolio to target receipt and label customers in the logistics, manufacturing and field service markets initially in the UK and later in the EMEA region.

According to MobileWorxs MD, Andrew Cahill, rather than creating yet another value proposition based on the channel, they will primarily target end users who are new to AIDC and labelling solutions or alternatively, those who are refreshing installations that already exist.

The Sewoo brand, established in 2002, is today recognised as a manufacturer providing users in 80 countries with a comprehensive range of desktop, mobile and label printers serving retail, field service, hospitality, transport and logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, and public sector markets.

In, 2017 the company underwent a name change from Sewoo Tech to J. Stephen Lab Corporation with Sewoo as the brand.

According to Cahill, Sewoo has an excellent reputation for combining value, quality and innovative design in the field of thermal receipt and label printing,

 “The Sewoo thermal printers range is a good fit as we support mid to large OEMs to find a market for their products at the end user level by providing them with a complete in-region sales and support offering. This includes a UK-based repair workshop consumables supply and new ideas around financing and support provision,” he adds.

T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

To learn more about the Sewoo range get in touch.

xTablet T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

We are planning on two major additions to our MobileDemand Rugged Windows 10 Tablet portfolio before the end of 2017. The first one adds a new feature packed 10″ device to the range including removable high capacity battery, 4G comms and  a high definition screen. Rugged PC Review were given an early peek  to do a T1150 rugged tablet review in advance of public availability at the end of October.

Fitness for the task is key with T1150. 4G Integral 2D and Intel RealSense 3D scanning are all options. Along with standard fit 2 cameras Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

T1150 Rugged Tablet Review Excerpt:

“First impression matters, and the xTablet T1150 certainly makes a very good one. Here, the good/better/best certainly applies. The T1550 is a true rugged design and certainly trust-inspiring,  It looks and feels like a serious tool for the job, a rugged tablet that was designed from the ground up to handle the bumps and grind and drops that come with work in the field.

There are hefty bumpers on all four corners, the kind that aren’t just a design element but clearly afford true real-word protection. There are all the doors, compartments, locks, hooks, loops and attachment and mounting points and details that one expects from a rugged tablet. There’s nothing wrong with the gleaming etherial sleekness of premium consumer tablets, but those are detriments out there on the job where the rubber meets the road. With the the xTablet T1150, form follows function, not fashion sense.

Despite being in the same 10-inch display class as the standard Apple iPad, the T1150 is a considerably larger and heftier device. Some of that extra heft and size is due to a good deal of built-in protection, another to the presence of ports and integrated functionality. The display’s 16:10 aspect ratio is pleasant to our eyes, between the iPad’s squarish 4:3 and the narrow (or wide, depending on whether you use them in landscape or portrait mode) 16:9 aspect ratio favored by many non-Apple tablets. 

While consumer smartphones and tablets increasingly have displays taking up the entire front of a device, that makes them damage-prone and such displays really aren’t very practical. So the T1150 has a nice margin around the actual display that’s large enough to a) allow for a flush front glass surface for easy touch operation, and b) allows for easy holding of the tablet without blocking part of the LCD. The actual LCD is recessed just a bit from the housing bezel, just enough for a fairly thick screen protector”

T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

To learn more read the Review or take a look at the xTablet_T1150_Specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the T1150.

Intel RealSense 3D Camera in Tablets

Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

With the demands and uses for mobile computers growing, manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve their products and beat their competitors. In this blog we will take a quick look at how the latest Intel RealSense 3D camera technology is making it’s way into tablets. Keep a lookout for our second post that will cover the uses of tablets with 3D cameras.

Firstly, let’s take a look at what an Intel RealSense™ 3D camera is. RealSense camera technology uses a standard 2D camera for regular photo and video, along with an infrared camera and an infrared laser projector. The infrared components allow RealSense technology to determine the distance between objects, separating objects from the background layers behind them and overall allowing for largely improved object, facial and gesture recognition over standard cameras.

At the point of writing this blog there are 3 different versions of Realsense 3D cameras, the F200, SR300 and the R200.

SR300 – The replacement for the F200, second generation Realsense technology allowed the camera to implement an infrared laser projector system, Fast VGA infrared camera, and a 2MP colour camera. Used in close range front facing applications, great for face tracking, motion detection and close depth detection. Listing the technical improvements over the first gen camera would take a while so in summary:

  • Support for Hand and person tracking modes.
  • Increased Range and Lateral Speed
  • Improved Colour Quality under Low-light Capture and Improved RGB Texture for 3D Scan
  • Improved Colour and Depth Stream Synchronization
  • Decreased Power Consumption
Intel RealSense Facial recognition
Intel RealSense Facial recognition

R200 – Intel RealSense™ Camera R200 is a long range peripheral 3D camera. While front facing technology can be applied into mobile devices, we are more likely to see it featured in a rear facing specification. This is the unit that most tablets will feature due to it offering more real world uses. This camera opens up the potential of 3D technology to a whole new industry, using the same fundamental Realsense technology as above it brings new tools to developers and users that can save time, automate processes and create detailed visuals like never before.

In our second blog we will take a look at the application for this camera, such as manufacturing plants road maintenance and in the medical field.

We feel this technology can play a big part in the real world, automating processes, giving more accurate readings and increasing overall workflow.

Tim Edwards

Product Specialist

Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

To learn more about the R200 Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets take a look at the T8650 and T1150 or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting.

xTablet T1550 Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet T1550 Rugged Tablet Review

Rugged Tablet Review

 

Rugged PC Review carried out an xTablet T1550 Rugged Tablet Review when the device took over from the previous T1500 model.

Affordable flexibility is the key with T1550. Integral 1D or 2D scanning GPS and NFC are all options. Along with 2 cameras Wi-Fi and Bluetooth a serial port is also a standard feature something not very common on devices at this market level.

Excerpt:

While the xTablet T1550’s processor and memory make concessions in the interest of affordable pricing, the tablet’s display definitely does not. Measuring a roomy 10.1 inches diagonally — it’s very noticeably larger than the 8-inch screen of the smaller xTablet T8540 — it offers WXGA resolution. That’s 1280 x 800 pixel in 16:10 wide-format — 30% more pixel that the 1024 x 768 XGA format that was commonly used in rugged tablets (even ones with larger screen sizes) for many years, and is still being used today.

On a 10.1-inch tablet screen, that translates into 149 dots per inch (dpi), which is not very high by today’s standards, but still more than adequate. The xTablet T1550 uses 10-point projected capacitive multi-touch for effortless tapping, panning, pinching and zooming. We can’t think of many crucial operations that require more than just a couple of fingers, but Microsoft wants ten, and so ten it is.

The display is of the IPS (in-plane switching) variety that makes for perfect viewing from all angles. We cannot overemphasize how important a wide viewing angle is for a satisfying, non-disruptive viewing experience. Older and lesser display technologies are prone to often dramatic color and contrast shifts when viewed from different angles, something that we don’t consider acceptable anymore. The xTablet T1550’s IPS display is totally immune to such shifts, which makes it a pleasure to use. And outdoors the display feels brighter than its listed 320 nits luminance rating.

rugged tablet review

To learn more read the review take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the T1550.

Rugged Tablet Keyboard

Detachable Rugged Tablet Keyboard

Rugged Tablet Keyboard

 

One of the major innovations with the new Flex 10A has been the detachable tablet keyboard. An inexpensive option that goes really well with the easel which at low cost it turns the Flex 10A into a great productivity tool across a variety of application scenarios.

Hybrids are a real growth area of the overall PC and tablet market. Just take a look at the innovative detachable keyboards on the market and all the heat  around the Microsoft Surface and it’s competitors. Even rugged manufacturer Panasonic has replaced their Toughbook laptops with hybrids.

Back in the real world where budgets are perhaps not so generous the tablet keyboard for the Flex 10A is an 87% scale QWERTY with US layout. That aside the Flex 10A tablet keyboard has a sturdy hinge that benefits from the addition of the easel and excellent tactile keys that actually move! Unlike some of the space age designs on consumer grade devices.

You are connecting the tablet keyboard to a Quad Core Intel device which has 64GB of Storage and 4GB of memory.that can be ordered with Windows 10 Home or Professional. Flex 10A is an entry level is MIL-STD-810G 26 drops rugged it is not “sealed” tablet that has a 1280 x 800 10 point 10″ capacitive screen at 280 nits.  The Flex 10A ships with a mesh tip stylus, 2 cameras, AC adapter, back of hand strap carry handle integral WI-Fi and Bluetooth.

Rugged tablets and hybrids have historically been over-specified for many users who require a level of ruggedness beyond consumer grade but balk at the huge investment needed. If this sounds like your project and the Windows OS is on your wish list then the Flex 10A may well be for you.

Rugged Tablet Keyboard

To learn more take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar our 90 Minute Tablet Workshop to discuss the Flex 10A.

Rugged Case Microsoft Surface Pro 2017

Rugged Case Microsoft Surface Pro 2017

Rugged Case Microsoft Surface Pro

 

The latest version of the Microsoft Surface Pro gets a mild update to keep it among the best Windows hybrid PCs on the market. Reviews have been positive and most geek magazines have ended up recommending it.

Our rugged case has been approved by Microsoft and now supports this latest version of the Microsoft Surface Pro. More of our clients are using their Surface in the field for what have always been rugged laptop applications. Pressure on cycle times and site labour costs all add to the having the right mobile computing system is critical to productivity.

12 Reasons why the New Microsoft Surface Pro and our Rugged Case is Such a Great Combination

  1. Access to powerful modeling and rendering tools.
  2. A mobile computing device small enough to carry, yet powerful enough to handle demanding tasks enables even greater workflow efficiencies
  3. Use the programs you know and trust: Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Autodesk’s AutoCAD, Rhino, Dassault’s Katia 3DS and of course Office 365.
  4. Microsoft Surface Pro seamlessly transitions from office to vehicle to work site.
  5. Make changes immediately using mouse, keyboard finger or pen input.
  6. All of the project files, sketches, schematics, and notes are at hand and available on the cloud.
  7. Lightweight and portable with long battery life and large display.
  8. HD Cameras for documentation, progress updates and video conferencing.
  9. The rugged case comes with an easel, multiple carrying straps, protected ports, rubber bumpers and is compatible with the Type Cover.
  10. The Microsoft Surface Pro & rugged case combination has been tested by an outside agency to military standards MIL-STD 810G
  11. Unlike most rugged cases that can use up to 5 operating units before failing the test our Rugged Case for the Microsoft Surface Pro passed using only one.
  12. First rugged case to pass the thermal testing process for the new Surface Pro.

Rugged Case Microsoft Surface Pro

To learn more read the review or get in touch to arrange a webinar or meeting about using our rugged Case for the New Microsoft Surface Pro. Buy one here.

 

MobileWorxs Partners with Aegex For Rugged Intrinsically Safe Tablet

MobileWorxs Partners with Aegex For Rugged Intrinsically Safe Tablet

 

Intrinsically Safe Tablet

 

MobileWorxs Appointed as Value-Add Partner for Aegex Intrinsically Safe Tablet.

UK-based enterprise mobility specialist MobileWorxs has formed a strategic partnership with US-based Aegex Technologies to supply its innovative range of enterprise tablets for the hazardous location market, including oil & gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other industries with combustible atmospheres.

Aegex provides the first Windows 10 tablet that is globally certified as intrinsically safe for use in the most hazardous, explosive operations worldwide.

Under the terms of the partnership, MobileWorxs will offer the full range of Aegex intrinsically safe devices and solutions to its clients across the UK and EMEA region.

Aegex Channel Manager Scott West commented, “Aegex allows enterprises worldwide to increase productivity and control in hazardous environments. Our strategic partnerships with MobileWorxs and other channel partners around the world will allow us to deliver better service and support to users of our products”

MobileWorxs’ Managing Director, Andrew Cahill, said, “We see huge market potential for the Aegex Intrinsically Safe Tablet in the UK and EMEA. Process automation using mobile computing with a tablet form factor is experiencing major growth, and we’re looking forward to leveraging this opportunity in conjunction with the well-known Aegex product range.” 

About MobileWorxs

MobileWorxs aims to help companies improve the productivity, efficiencies and responsiveness of workers through the use of application-specific rugged devices. The company focuses on solutions that are quick to deploy with minimal disruption to business and rapid return of investment.

About Aegex

Aegex Technologies is a premier engineering and design services firm that specialises in creating intrinsically safe mobile solutions for hazardous industries. Aegex globally certified intrinsically safe Windows 10 tablets provide cloud connectivity to personnel working in some of the world’s most volatile environments, including ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 and UL913 C I, II, III D1 hazardous locations in oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, utilities, public safety, defense and other industries with potentially explosive atmospheres.

 

MobileWorxs Partners with Aegex For Rugged Intrinsically Safe Tablet

To learn more take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the Aegex Intrinsically Safe Tablet.

xTablet Flex 10A Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet Flex 10A Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet Flex 10A Rugged Tablet Review

Rugged PC Review had taken a look at the classic Flex 10 3 years ago and decided to do a new xTablet Flex 10A rugged tablet review and put the new Cherry Trail version through its paces.

The New Flex 10A has been a real hit since it’s launch earlier this year. Users like the traditional MobileDemand ruggedness and ease of use features, Windows 10 Home or Pro OS, accessories such as the detachable keyboard and of course great value for money.

Excerpt:

It’s important to understand MobileDemand’s philosophical approach to the Flex line. In essence, the difference between the company’s higher end xTablets and the Flex models is that the former are designed and built as cohesive, fully integrated rugged tablets with significant performance and capabilities, whereas the Flex line makes a ruggedized package available at the lowest possible price.

For the Flex models, MobileDemand is sourcing generic tablets that meet the company’s features and performance goals. MobileDemand then custom-designs protective rubber boots with thick bumpers to securely cushion and cradle the tablets, and that assembly then goes into a sturdy, also custom-designed polycarbonate backplate. The picture below shows that the Flex approach goes well beyond what any third party aftermarket case can offer.

Unlike the weird waver-thin accessory keyboards offered for many consumer tablets, MobileDemand’s Flex 10A keyboard is a true keyboard with full keyboard functionality, good key travel, and excellent tactile feedback. It also has a very sturdy hinge that allows for a very solid connection to the tablet. Combined with the easel, it makes for full and complete laptop functionality, should that be required.

xTablet Flex 10A Rugged Tablet Review

To learn more read the review take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the Flex 10A.