A lot has changed since the launch of Windows Phone in the Fall of 2010.
Microsoft now has a compelling phone platform that targets consumers inside and outside the office. One thing that that hasn’t changed is the widespread use of Windows Embedded Handheld to solve tough enterprise mobility problems. It should be no surprise that over 80% of enterprise handhelds shipped are running Windows Mobile or Windows Embedded Handheld. They include support for barcode scanning, RFID reading, rugged hardware, every type of wireless, full device encryption, complete over-the-air software distribution and device managment support, FIPS compliance, and both capacitive touch and stylus operation. On the application platform side of the equation, they have rich support for WinForm development using Visual Studio and the .NET Compact Framework, C++ and a full-featured database with built-in sync capabilities via SQL Server Compact. They can easily communicate with WCF SOAP and REST web services running on Windows Servers on-premise or with Azure in the cloud. Support for Merge Replication means faster time to market to get device synchronizing with SQL Server with almost no coding.
Since Windows Embedded Handheld uses an advanced version of the operating system kernel used by Windows Mobile 6.5.3, many of the techniques and best practices I’ve taugh customers and developers all over the world still apply. While it still uses the slotted memory model found in Windows CE 5 with 32 processes and 32 MB of memory per process, you’ll find that numerous enhancements and tuning has taken place to give your line of business apps more of what they need. I’m talking about more memory per process and improved performance.
A recent Gartner report recommends that organizations should stay with Windows Embedded Handheld as the best mobile platform for enterprise line of business needs. Great devices are available from OEMs like Intermec, Motorola, Psion, and Honeywell just to name a few. I hope this video helps you with any memory management or performance issues you may need to deal with in your enterprise mobile apps.
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