It’s Essential to Migrate Off of Old Operating Systems Like Windows CE: Here’s Why

An operating system (OS) is the software that manages and supports the main functions of a computer, laptop, or phone. These functions include memory, file storage, network connections, and more. Electronic devices need operating systems to perform basic functions, but choosing and installing an operating system is not a one-and-done task. It is critical to keep operating systems up-to-date in order to ensure optimal performance and security.

In the supply chain industry, warehouse mobile computers are no exception. Using an obsolete operating system, such as Windows CE, with these devices can lead to many issues. Keep reading to learn why it is essential to migrate warehouse mobile computers to a current, Android operating system with ongoing, reliable support.

Why Operating Systems Become Obsolete

Occasionally, operating systems become obsolete. This happens when developers stop updating the operating system and providing support to those who are using it. If you continue using an obsolete operating system, you will eventually experience decreased performance. Additionally, the risk of a cyberattack increases when using an outdated or obsolete operating system, which we will look more into later.

Operating Systems for Warehouse Mobile Computers

Like any computer or phone, warehouse mobile computers require operating systems to function properly and efficiently. In previous years, Windows CE was one of the most popular operating systems for these devices. However, Windows CE is now an obsolete operating system. In 2018, it reached end of life, which means that developers are no longer providing security updates and patches. Additionally, Windows no longer offers customer support to Windows CE users.

What is a patch?

According to Techopedia, patches may fix a software bug, install new drivers, address new security vulnerabilities, address software stability issues, or upgrade software.

If your company is currently using any version of Windows CE for warehouse mobile computers, it is essential that you migrate to a new operating system for a few reasons:

  1. Using an obsolete operating system makes you more susceptible to hacking.
  2. Cyberattacks from outdated operating systems can compromise customer data.
  3. Troubleshooting old software is expensive and inefficient.

Using an obsolete operating system makes you more susceptible to hacking.

Using an up-to-date operating system is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent hackers from accessing data from company devices. In 2021 alone, there was a 105% surge in ransomware cyberattacks around the world. (A ransomware cyberattack occurs when a hacker holds data until the victim pays a certain amount of money.) That being said, the hacking industry is only getting bigger, stronger, and smarter.

Hackers are smart, and they know that Windows CE is end of life and therefore not receiving any security updates or support. With this knowledge, they could easily target companies that still use Windows CE. Defenseless against viruses and malware, these mobile warehouse devices are easy targets for hackers. Protect your devices and network from hackers by migrating from obsolete operating systems like Windows CE.

Cyberattacks on outdated operating systems can compromise customer data.

Using obsolete operating systems makes devices more susceptible to hacking and vulnerabilities, but for businesses, it does not stop there. If you use warehouse mobile computers to store any kind of customer data or sensitive information, cyberattacks can compromise that as well. Keeping your operating system up-to-date is an excellent way to protect your partners and assure them that you are doing everything in your power to keep their information protected and secure. This can build trust and help you maintain long-term customer relationships.

Troubleshooting old software is expensive and inefficient.

Running old operating systems is expensive. If something breaks, you are at the mercy of your IT team’s ability to get the system back online. The cost to get the system fixed is large, but an even larger cost is a stalled-out workforce. Similarly, old operating systems are inefficient as they likely don’t integrate with newer, third-party software tools. These issues will compound over time and make for a sub-optimal operation.

Migrate from an Obsolete Operating System Today

If your logistics company is using an antiquated Windows-based operating system for your warehouse mobile computers, it is time to make the switch to a secure, up-to-date operating system that you can trust. Switching to a new operating system can present challenges, but Liberty Systems can help your company find the right strategy to make the switch successful. Our team is here to help you migrate to an Android-based operating system and make the transition as seamless as possible for you.