When are Windows Embedded products going end of life?
End-of-life software Disadvantages:
- Security vulnerabilities: No more security fixes being issued by could lead to a minefield of security hazards. For this reason alone, you should update ASAP. A firewall and anti-virus are not sufficient protection against unpatchable vulnerabilities, which hackers are quick to exploit.
- Software incompatibility: New applications are optimized for the most recent OSes. That means when using EOL operating systems, you can’t upgrade to the latest and greatest, so you’ll have to hold onto legacy applications.
- Compliance issues: Regulated industries like healthcare and e-commerce deal with lots of sensitive customer data. Don’t entrust your or your customers critical information to a decade-old OS or an unsecure application? In addition to security lapses, it could result in big fines, company shutdowns, or possible jail time.
- High operating costs: The costs of maintaining and bug-fixing any post-EOL software can be steep. The expense of paying Microsoft to patch an EOL operating system that can greatly exceed the price of simply replacing the Windows Mobile software. It could also lead to the high cost of a mission-critical app failing? These are all things to consider.
- Poor performance and reliability: Don’t lose worker productivity due to slow or faulty EOL products.
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Much of this support is moving over to Android OS systems, which has been the go to OS for the EOL transition. Upgrading will not only alleviate the disadvantages of using EOL products, but new software and hardware can lead to numerous new advantages.