Back in June, Microsoft announced that they were working on another Mobile OS for enterprise devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5. Steve Ballmer stated that "In the next six months we will release a new embedded OS called Windows Embedded Handheld, based on Windows Mobile 6.5 technologies ..."
Today, just over three months since Microsoft's announcement, Sprint and Motorola announced they will be releasing the first mobile enterprise handheld device, running Windows Embedded (which features WinMo 6.5.3). The Motorola ES400S will be available for as low as $499.99 and will offer integrated voice and data capabilities. The ES400S is expected to be available by the end of October.
Specs on the Motorola include:
- Customizable Motorola Enterprise User Interface (MEUI) makes business-critical information and functions available with one key press. Includes enterprise-specific enhancements like photo annotation
- Enterprise-class security including built-in Biometric fingerprint reader
- Durable construction to withstand dust, drops and bumps, with certifications for MIL-STD 810G, for a 4-foot drop, and IP42 sealing specifications
- 3-inch VGA touchscreen
- 3.2 MP camera with red line aimer for easy barcode scanning and one-button push-to-scan for one- and two-dimensional barcode reading
- Wi-Fi/802.11 a/b/g with Enterprise Security
- 1 GB ROM/256 MB RAM
- CDMA EVDO Rev. A for domestic service and HSPA/GSM for international roaming
- VoIP ready
- Battery: 1540 mAh standard battery and 3080 mAh extended battery (sold separately)
Call it a re-incarnation for Windows Mobile or a stop-gap measure until Windows Phone 7 can transition into enterprise devices but it's nice to see Windows Mobile still hanging around. You can find the full press release from Sprint here.