Windows Embedded Handheld (WEH) – A stay of execution….

There has been widespread panic after Microsoft announced it would discontinue support for WEH from Jan 2020. There has been an alomost frantic scramble to update to Android-based solutions and devices. However, the investment required is causing headaches for companies already using Windows-based solutions. The rewritten applications costs alone can be prohibitiv. Not to mention new hardware, deployment and training costs and the overall time required to arrange and impliment…

Well, there is some good news announced.  Handheld group of Sweden have notified us. They will continue producing and supporting their Nautiz X8 Ultra-Rugged handheld computer until at least the end of 2021.

Consumer devices may change every few months, but we know how important consistency and long-term support are for our business customers and partners,” says Johan Hed, Handheld director of product management. “They need solid, long-term options, because it can be expensive and time-consuming for organizations to switch platforms. Our commitment to support WEH means customers can rely on us to provide a longer useful life for our Nautiz X8 rugged handheld.”

What this means for current Nautiz X8 users is an ongoing warranty and customer support for WEH products even beyond Microsoft’s end-of-service date.

More information from Microsoft can be found here –

Information on the Nautiz X8 can be found here –

Handheld Group is a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, PDAs and tablets. Handheld and its partners worldwide deliver complete mobility solutions to businesses in industries such as geomatics, logistics, forestry, public transportation, utilities, construction, maintenance, mining, military and security.