Microsoft has released the Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 mobile operating system. "WEH 6.5 is built on Windows Mobile 6.5, leveraging that OS's capabilities for connectivity, rich applications, security and management. Mobile device makers using WEH 6.5 will find a familiar, consistent development platform that helps speed time-to-market.
These device makers can take advantage of WinMo 6.5's large community of hardware and software vendors, which supply a wide variety of off-the-shelf and custom solutions. WEH 6.5 is also more flexible than ever: Device makers can take advantage of multiple screen sizes and input methods, peripherals to extend device capabilities and multiple connectivity options."
Microsoft said that the company will offer mainstream support for Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 through December 2014, and extended support through December 2019.
OEMs working on devices running WEH include Intermec, Motorola and Honeywell. Microsoft and its partners are showing off WEH devices at the National Retail Federation (NRF) show in New York City this week.