Windows Embedded Handheld Platform, Coming to Motorola ES400

Microsoft introduced plans to launch a mobile software platform called Windows Embedded Handheld, which is expected to be available this year.

Windows Embedded Handheld is essentially a warmed-over version of WinMo 6.5.3 with some key UI and enterprise-focused enhancements. Windows Embedded Handheld platform focuses on “extending Windows and the benefits of cloud computing to the world of specialized devices.” The new platform would become the third mobile operating system in the Microsoft portfolio.

Motorola has announced the ES400 as Windows Embedded Handheld’s inaugural device, a rugged smartphone with a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7627 core, resistive VGA touchscreen, fingerprint scanner, and a trick 3.5G radio that can be user-switched between GSM and CDMA.

“These releases will provide proven management and security functionality, while giving customers confidence that investments in handheld enterprise devices and line-of-business applications will be protected over time by an extended support life cycle,” Steve Ballmer said.

He outlined Microsoft’s commitment to the future of enterprise handheld devices at the New York launch event for the Motorola ES400, an enterprise digital assistant. [via]

Windows Embedded Handheld will focus on line-of-business (LOB) scenarios and work to boost productivity of the mobile enterprise workforce by making way for users to capture, access and act on business-critical information where and when they need it.

Steve Ballmer announced that Windows Embedded will support developer tools used in building apps on today’s devices, including Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Forms.

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