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2 New Windows Releases in 2010 and 2011, Flavors of Windows Embedded Handheld

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2 New Windows Releases in 2010 and 2011, Flavors of Windows Embedded Handheld

Based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Phone 7, respectively

Microsoft has announced two new Windows operating system releases planned for delivery this year and the next, both essentially flavors of the same platform. The plain vanilla version of Windows Embedded Handheld will be launched in the second half of 2010, while its successor, Windows Embedded Handheld 7, will drop one year later, in the second half of 2011. The two upcoming Windows releases have the new Windows Embedded Handheld platform at the core, announced by the Redmond company on June 17th, 2010.

At this point in time, original equipment manufacturers building ruggedized mobile PCs and devices are tapping the software giant for either Windows Embedded CE or Windows Mobile platforms to power their products. Analyst firm VDC Research reveals that Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile account for over 87% of the OS market for handheld devices, some 2.3 million of which were produced in 2009, but with the number forecasted to reach 4.3 million in 2014.

Recently, Microsoft has announced that two separate teams of its Windows Embedded business were folded into the same group. In this regard, Windows Embedded Business, dealing with Windows Embedded CE, is now responsible for both handheld terminals and ruggedized devices, while Mobile Communications Business (MCB), managing Windows Mobile, remains committed to mobile phones. Moving forward, WEB will be responsible for the evolution of not only Windows CE, now referred to as Windows Embedded Compact, but also that of Windows Embedded Handheld.

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