I won’t go into all the complicated maneuvers going on within Microsoft, but what is of interest to us is the fact that what used to be Windows Mobile 6.5 is now Windows Embedded Handheld. With Windows Phone 7 now being the smart phone platform WM has been shifted to the embedded group and is now available for mere mortals like embedded developers to create handheld devices providing a full array of connectivity capabilities. The main benefactors of this development are makers of mobile enterprise devices for presale/van sale personnel, field technicians, warehouse personnel, you got the idea. However what makes them suitable is the fact that WEH devices can be managed by the enterprise IT staff using tools like System Center Configuration Manager, Exchange Active Synch, or third party solutions, with security enforced through password enforcement, remote wipe and data encryption technologies.

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