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Microsoft Reveals Mobile OS for Business Phones

Microsoft yesterday announced a mobile operating system for enterprise handsets, Windows Embedded Handheld. Set for launch sometime in the next six months and based on Windows Mobile 6.5, WEH was announced in conjunction with Motorola's ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant. The ES400 is aimed at the enterprise user in field sales, field services, retail, health care and small and medium businesses. Steve Ballmer said yesterday that Microsoft's Windows Embedded Business is focused on extending the benefits of cloud computing to specialized devices.

"Windows Embedded Handheld is a new software platform designed to meet key line-of-business (LOB) scenarios and boost productivity of the mobile enterprise work force by enabling users to capture, access and act on business critical information where and when they need it," Microsoft said in a statement.

From the press release, it's clear that this OS is for employees rather than the business user. Motorola highlights the devices use in health care, retail and field sales and Microsoft describes enterprise devices as "the ones you see store employees using when you’re out shopping."

Expect an updated Windows Embedded Handheld platform based on Windows 7 technologies (Windows Embedded Compact 7) in the second half of 2011.

  • outacontrolpimp
    Is it possible to come up with more of a worse name then ES400? Phones with bad names never take off well. Call it something original. I hate when people come up with terrible names for products.
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  • razercultmember1
    gimme an atom and ion netbook and im set
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  • segio526
    Based on 6.5? Seriously? Even if it ends up being vastly improved and works well, you don't tell people it's based on 6.5!
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  • eddieroolz
    It's a business OS, you don't need a fancy, catchy name.
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  • dannyaa
    the guy tries to make it sound so impressive...

    it comes with a... VGA screen!

    and a... COLOR camera!

    someone get my calm pills!!
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  • DjEaZy
    ... worst ever... he... to use a oldy to present hardware like that... but the hardware... common M$!? Don't you see the trends in google's an apple's camp?
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  • pug_s
    *snore* Let me know if they have something better than a blackberry.
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  • randomizer
    I bet this will do just as well as all their other mobile OSs...
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  • sultansulan
    IPhone and Android are far far ahead...
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  • lauxenburg
    outacontrolpimpIs it possible to come up with more of a worse name then ES400? Phones with bad names never take off well. Call it something original. I hate when people come up with terrible names for products.
    I think the letter/number product name sounds somewhat more professional.
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