Now that Microsoft announced Windows 10 and everyone had their chance to marvel at the new-old Start Menu and the ‘enhanced’ Command Prompt, let’s talk enterprise mobility impact. Windows 10 is positioned as the “One Windows for all devices”. What happens to WEHH8[.1] and the recently released devices?
Well, given that
- Microsoft has never offered upgrade between major versions of it’s mobile OSes (WM6 -> WP7 -> WP/WEH8)
- Microsoft has adopted the path of killing the previous generations of their OSes as soon the new ones are released (mid-2015 for Win10). Even though OSes are formally supported, there’s not a lot of going on besides security patches.
- WEHH isn’t even listed in the Product Lifecycles and Support Table, where one can still wind WEHH6.5 and even CE3.0.
- First WEHH8 devices have seen the light after ~20months past the OS announcement, supported by just two vendors: Panasonic and Pidion.
- WEHH8.1 support ends 2019, while WEHH6.5 support ends 2020. WEHH8.0 is, apparently non-existent anymore, as no references could be found on MS website.
- WEHH8.x is incompatible with WM applications, and they have to be rewritten.
Would you buy a WEHH8.x device now (for WM upgrade or new installs)? I wouldn’t. Would you buy a WEHH10 device when it comes out? Time (and Android market share in the Enterprise) will tell.