Microsoft is set to launch, yet another mobile operating system dubbed “Windows Embedded Handheld”. According to Steve Ballmer, this’s what we can expect:
“In the next six months we’ll release a new embedded OS called Windows Embedded Handheld, based on Windows Mobile 6.5 technologies … [and] in the second half of 2011, we’ll release a version of Windows Embedded Handheld based on Windows Phone 7 technology.”
Windows Embedded Handheld is a new software platform designed to meet key line-of-business (LOB) scenarios and boost productivity of mobile enterprise work force by enabling users to capture, access and act on business critical information where and when they need it.
Announced alongside Motorola’s ES400 enterprise digital assistant (EDA), Windows Embedded Handheld will be used on EDA — special phones that support line-of-business apps, push-to-scan capabilities, and other heavy enterprise-only features. It doesn’t look like Microsoft is aiming for a brand new phone OS with Windows Embedded Handheld. This OS variation seems more like a business deal that’ll keep Microsoft strongly grounded in companies for years to come.