The clock is ticking. It’s time to migrate from Windows CE to Android.
As you will probably know, Microsoft is gradually phasing out the development and support of Windows Embedded Handheld and Windows CE operating systems. In June of last year the first step was taken and in 2020 all support will stop.
There is no reason for panic because Android is already widely adopted in the consumer market and is now also the standard for the manufacturers of Enterprise Mobility hardware. But if your logistics organisation is still equipped with Windows devices, when do you step over? What is a favourable moment and how do you prevent the company’s entire mobile computing estate from coming to an unscheduled halt?
We have compiled a guide to help map forward a managed approach to migrate from Windows CE to Android.
What Do I Need To Do To Migrate From Windows CE To Android?
Do nothing is not an option!
It’s a well known fact that your Windows mobile devices will soon not be supported, so why wait to migrate? The sooner your organisation learns to work with an Android based solution, the better. By migrating now it means that you still have plenty of time to make the switch but you can do it in peace and with less stress! Although you may be looking at the migration to a new platform, the fact that you make the switch in time can ensure greater likelihood of a smoother transition.
Good preparation is half the job. Do not think that this change only concerns logistics and IT. Include the entire organisation. These operating systems, which are often used in warehouses, are often linked to a management system that includes all hardware. That is something to be reckoned with when making the switch.
Manage Android (Unified Endpoint Management)
Android is more difficult to manage than Windows. This is partly due to the fact that there are more OS updates. Safety patches even come monthly. Both the updates and the safety patches must match the version of the software application and the Unified Endpoint Management software. This requires more attention and knowledge than you were used to.
Preview how the Unified Endpoint Management is now arranged. Are there, for example, apps for the back office and / or the field? Then, with this step, you might be able to bring the total management to one party. Find a reliable and expert party that can do the Android Management for you.
Ensure good security
Because so many organisations switch to Android, it is also very attractive for viruses and ransomware. Besides a reliable administrator, you need good security that is regularly checked and updated.
The app must also be converted
If you make the switch, the app itself must of course also be converted from Windows to Android. Fortunately, there are good solutions to convert a web application without changing the whole app. A significant part of your legacy C# code and business logic can be reused by taking advantage of Xamarin a Visual Studio Tool designed to deliver native Android, iOS, and Windows apps with a single shared .NET code base.
What are the advantages of Android?
If you find the switch exciting and are looking forward to the benefits of Android you will be pleased to know that there are many! Android is modern, innovative, user-friendly and offers more functionalities. There are more apps available and Android is developing rapidly, so you are at the forefront of applying new technologies and trends. There is a new version almost every year.
What Do I Do Now?
So now that you understand the reasons that you need to migrate from Windows CE to Android you need to start taking some action. Click here to find out how GaneData can help you to migrate.