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NRF NEWS: Panasonic Announces Product Expansion with Microsoft

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America  announced at the NRF 2014 EXPO that it’s working closely with Microsoft to deliver enterprise-class mobile devices based on the Windows Embedded 8 Handheld platform. The collaboration will enable Panasonic to expand its rugged mobile computing portfolio with innovative new handheld devices bringing Windows Phone 8 technologies to enterprise customers, via its reliable hardware.
Windows Embedded 8 Handheld is the next generation of Microsoft’s leading platform for line-of-business handheld devices, built on Windows Phone 8. This means end-users will gain enterprise-grade security and manageability along with full Windows Phone 8 application compatibility, allowing businesses to leverage Microsoft’s enterprise-ready applications such as Dynamics AX, Lync and Office Mobile.
Together with Microsoft, Panasonic plans to deliver the next generation of durable, professional-grade mobile devices for a wide range of retail applications including mobile POS, supply chain and operations management and customer service.
At the NRF2014 EXPO, Panasonic is demonstrating multiple handheld devices, including the latest member of its Toughpad™ family of rugged, enterprise-grade tablets, the 7” Toughpad FZ-M1 running Windows8.1 Pro at Booth #1539. It’s is the thinnest* and lightest* 7”fully-rugged Windows tablet available today and ideal for a wide variety of retail applications including operations management and mobile POS.
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