The Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld software development kit (SDK) and documentation are now available for download.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld is the next generation of Microsoft’s leading platform for line-of-business handheld devices, built on Windows Phone 8.1. For the last decade, businesses have turned to devices built with Windows Embedded Handheld platforms to securely improve their customers’ experiences, automate data collection and improve workforce productivity. Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld reimagines handheld devices, encompassing a program with tight collaboration between Microsoft and pre-selected leading industry handheld device manufacturers to harness the platform’s rich, multi-touch Windows Phone 8.1 user interface and built-in security, as well as enterprise management and business productivity tools.
Common developer platform and application programming interfaces (APIs) across Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 allows you to build one development project that will span all device form factors, from a PC to a phone to a handheld. For industry scenarios, common APIs for integrated magnetic stripe readers and barcode scanners peripherals allow you to utilize line-of-business applications that are supported across all Windows 8.1 and Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld devices.
Full compatibility with Windows Phone 8.1 applications provides employees with the ability to access custom and off-the-shelf applications. such as Office Mobile, Lync, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Retail and Office 365 from Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld devices. Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld simplifies integration with existing IT systems and line of business application, including Office 365, Exchange Server, SharePoint, VPN gateways and Direct Access Servers (RAS), Microsoft Azure and .NET business applications.
Modern, intuitive, multi-touch app experiences bring the best of the modern usability that employees have come to expect, and the security and control that enterprises need to run their operations.
Protect your enterprise information with robust Windows security, and full device encryption via BitLocker, S/MIME for secure email, full Information Rights Management (IRM) support, and VPN support. Secure boot helps protect the platform from malware and assures that Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld devices maintain platform integrity.
Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld helps secure, lockdown, and manage industry handheld devices within your Windows infrastructure. The platform protects your enterprise information with robust Windows security, and integrates easily into your existing Microsoft infrastructure, with support for on-premises Windows Server, SharePoint, and Lync, as well as Office 365 and Windows Azure, to give you control of the application and overall device experience for users. Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld devices can deliver rich email experiences that fit well with the version of Exchange Server you own and know.
Benefit from the close collaboration between Microsoft and device manufacturers, which is driving a new set of innovations in the industry handheld device market. With Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, you now have unprecedented device options, from highly rugged devices and peripherals, to mobile point-of-service solutions. Your employees will enjoy an intuitive, touch-first device experience developed specifically to meet their company’s needs; the familiar Windows interface shortens training time and increases productivity. You can also tailor the device experience based on an employee’s role within the company, removing access to functionality that is not relevant to an employee’s responsibilities. Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld uses the same development tools that are used to build apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, so your solution will support off-the-shelf business and productivity apps such as Lync, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Retail, and all other Windows Phone 8.1 applications.
Industry handheld devices contribute to an intelligent system by empowering employees to provide better customer service with access to information about inventory availability, reordering, access to product experts, supply-chain status, customer records and other business functions. Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld is part of the Windows Embedded 8 family of products that together can deliver greater insight into your business operations in real time. Working in concert with powerful Microsoft systems and services such as Windows Server and SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Lync, devices powered by Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld can give your employees the ability to generate, access and act on data in real time, which leads to decisions that are more responsive and informed, and ultimately to better business outcomes.
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