By Martin Jack, CTO, Barcoding
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft formally ended support for all Windows CE devices after serving as the primary OS for mobile operating systems and rugged device manufacturers for more than two decades.
As we look ahead, it’s clear that Android will become the ‘new normal,’ but getting there takes time and planning.
At Barcoding, we want the world to know that there is not a better resource for support and guidance with modernization and the migration to Android than through our organization. Being there for our customers during this process is a key priority. In this post, I will address a very common question for those who might be just a bit behind, namely, “Where should we begin?”
Like in any instance of change management, the first thing to do is take stock of where you are today. This might sound basic, but it’s incredibly important: Identify which CE devices and applications are currently in use and what purpose do they serve.
Next, take time to review each one and determine if they should be migrated to Android, updated, or discontinued. With the move to Android, you have a unique opportunity to “hit refresh,” assess your applications, and invest wisely.
Approach this task as if you were moving or downsizing your current home. You may love a lot of things about your house, but given the opportunity, you might consider some (perhaps even major) decluttering here and there.
Cost is obviously a consideration. As we look at developing new Android applications, there's always a cost involved; however, keep in mind that there is also a cost involved in maintaining Windows CE codes. Today, Windows CE development actually costs more than Android development simply because there are more developers that are ready and willing to work on Android applications. So, my advice to everyone is to give yourself some time. Take a step back and consider the long-term costs and implications as well as how they weigh against the short-term investment.
If any of this feels daunting or confusing, don’t worry. We’re here to help. Shoot me a direct message or comment on this post and we can work together to help modernize your devices. Similar to the challenge of a new or downsized home, the pain you endure in the short term typically pays off over time with an improved quality of life -- and that’s something that’s always worth your time.
Martin Jack is an executive technology leader whose primary focus is on mobile and wireless solutions for commercial and government industries. He has more than 20 years of experience in software engineering for mobile and wireless systems, project management and technical consulting. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org