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With the close of the decade comes the close of the Microsoft era. As of January 1st, Microsoft has ended its support for Windows’ mobile operating systems which have powered enterprise technology for decades. Although support for Windows 7 will continue until 2021, Avalon Integration is already exploring several ways in which Android empowers the workforce to thrive in the face of the industry’s most notorious demands. 

The MC9300 uses Android to scan in any Environment

The MC9300 uses Android to scan in any Environment

Zebra researchers have uncovered numerous challenges to be expected within the coming months. As technology continues to advance and social media platforms become ever more prolific, the rise of e-commerce will contribute directly to the 76% increase in ordered assets, which leads to more deployed devices and a greater need for efficient long-term labor. Paired with the rising labor costs across the nation, the labor shortage has also led to higher turnover rates. In the end, the 2020’s top challenges can be summarized in:

  • Rise in omnichannel retail
  • Inefficient labor retention
  • Compressed logistics operations

Fortunately, Android operating systems have been thoroughly enhanced by both Zebra Technologies and Google to fit into the enterprise landscape.

Android is Ready. Are You?

The MC9300 uses Android to versatile for anywhere and everywhere

The MC9300 uses Android for anywhere you need it

When done correctly, OS migration can be seamless and profitable. As a Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Avalon Integration provides all the resources needed to help you catch up with change without impacting productivity. As Zebra’s OS of choice, Android integrates efficiency by:

  • Delivering much-needed security: Within the first six months of 2019 alone, there were over 3,000 publicly disclosed data breaches. As the risk of cyberthreats grows exponentially, Android is refined for enterprise with government-grade encryption and Zebra’s LifeGuard, which delivers 90-day security patches and automatic silent OS updates.  
  • Implementing familiarity: There were over 2 billion monthly active Android consumer devices worldwide in 2017 alone. As one of the top operating systems in the world, Android simplifies the user experience, lowering training times since the interface is already familiar to workers. 
  • Accommodating the next generation of productivity technology: From the latest ultra-rugged designs such as the MC9300 to native productivity applications like Mobility DNA, Android powers the latest technology designed for faster operations, accurate order fulfillment, and increased warehouse visibility from packing to shipping.

Despite the new year, it’s still not too late to migrate. Ease into a new operating system, designed for enterprise efficiency when you create your modernization strategy with Avalon Integration. Count on two decades of experience and in-depth assistance while securing productivity with solutions tailored to your needs. 

For the past ten years, the MC3000 Series has reigned as a popular choice in mobile computing. Equipped with a square screen, advanced scanning capabilities, and Asset Tracker Lite, the MC3200 has long stood as the light-weight and cost-effective solution for enhanced warehouse mobility. Despite its success, Zebra Technologies has continued in its tradition of innovating efficiency. As a proud Zebra Premier Solutions Partner, Avalon Integration had thoroughly examined Zebra’s newest addition to the MC3000 Series – the MC3300

Testifying to its legacy of rugged functionality, the MC3300 builds upon the strength of its predecessors, creating one fully ergonomic device that goes beyond expectations in terms of warehouse data capture technology.

Small Differences that Make a Big Impact for Efficient Computing

  • Simplified Battery Swap: Unlike past models, the MC3300 comes with fast battery replacement features, decreasing time spent changing batteries. Paired with Zebra’s PowerPrecision Console, the device ensures continuous uptime for a whole shift. 
  • Migration Ready: Equipped with Android, the MC3300 delivers a familiar touchscreen interface while also running green-screen apps right out of the box. Use the All-Touch TE app to convert TE apps at your own pace without any backend modifications. 
  • Fortified Security: Adding a deeper layer of protection for your operating system, Zebra fortifies Android with Mobility Extensions, securing the MC3300 with government-grade encryption and reliable 90-day security patches.  
  • Long-Range Data Capture: Empowering workers with lighter computing, the MC3300 delivers long-range scanning, previously reserved for the MC9000 Series. Capture barcodes up to 70ft away with omnidirectional scanning for maximized performance.
  • Enhanced Connectivity:  Strengthen workforce collaboration with the MC3000’s Workforce Connect Push-to-Talk Express, functional right out of the box. Further telephony capabilities with Workforce Connect Voice to add PBX abilities to your device.
  • Higher Ruggedness: Protected by a Gorilla Glass touch panel and a 5ft drop specification, the MC3300 is built to handle the warehouse’s harshest conditions.
MC3300 Redefines Efficient Computing

The MC3300 from Zebra Redefines Efficient Computing

Committed to our client’s success, Avalon Integration assists in upgrading your technology with the GO Zebra Trade-In Program. Experience the next generation of simplified mobile computing and get a $200 cash rebate towards your upgrade.

Want a closer look? Contact us for a free demonstration of the MC3300 and other groundbreaking devices. Bring efficiency to your warehouse operations with the leaders in innovative solutions.

With June falling behind, there are less than six months until Microsoft officially stops supporting current Windows Mobile operating systems. Faced with the choice of whether or not to migrate, Zebra’s TC8300 stands as one of Avalon Integration’s many smart solutions in integrating the familiarity of the past into the innovative efficiency the future demands.

Take it to the Max with the Zebra TC8300

Take It to the Max with the TC8300

When it comes to technology, you get what you give, which is why the TC8300 takes functionality, productivity, and connectivity to the maximum capacity by:

  • Seamlessly integrating TE apps with no backend modification required
  • Converting “green screens” into touch-screens whenever you’re ready to upgrade, no coding necessary. 
  • Increasing peripheral performance with new long-range high-speed Bluetooth
  • Effortlessly capturing every barcode with five scan options – from the SE4850 Extended Range scanner to the reliably familiar 1D SE965 wide range scanner.

Combine the “Tried-and-True” with the “New”

Scanning Boxes with the TC8300

Scanning Boxes with the TC8300

Known for their reliably durable technology, Zebra never disappoints when it comes to rugged ergonomics, and the TC8300 is no different. Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and high-impact casing, the device remains at optimal performance in rain, heat, cold, and even after 2,000 consecutive tumbles. Plus, now powered by Zebra’s fortified Android, the TC8300 operates on a secure platform backed by government-grade encryption tailored to your needs. Get the newest security updates and patches designed to handle today’s escalating cybersecurity threats.

Upgrade at Your Own Pace

OS migration should never be rushed. Ease into the future of barcode technology when you upgrade to the TC8300 through the GO Zebra Trade-In Program, and receive $250 in cash rebates when you send up your claim form and legacy device. 

The year isn’t out just yet. Discover new exciting and efficient developments in data capture technology with Avalon Integration. Count on 20 years’ worth of expertise and customer satisfaction when you contact us to integrate the TC8300 and other revolutionary devices into your migration strategy.

As 2020 draws near, the talk of OS migration will only become more urgent. Without OS updates and security patches, companies currently relying on Windows Mobile may face the risk of frequent crashes and breeches. Because careful strategy is key to a successful migration, Avalon Integration advises starting now. The first step is selecting a new OS. It comes to no surprise that we stand with Zebra Technologies in recommending Android as the wisest choice.

Currently powering over 80% of consumer and enterprise devices, Android provides a flexible ecosystem that allows the integration of future necessary applications, OS updates, and security patches. However, because it also serves consumer-grade devices, companies may still be skeptical, especially when compared to other popular systems such as iOS.

Fortified Android Fit Engineered by the Experts in Rugged Technology

TC8300 using Android to scan a box in a warehouse

To prepare Android for the industry’s tough demands, Zebra has developed Mobility Extensions Mx – a fortified Android fit for protecting the high influx common in enterprise-grade devices. Paired with the OS’s natural adaptability and familiarity, Mx makes Android the industry-ready OS perfect for any company, with benefits absent from Android’s standard version.

  • Tailored locks block off features, creating a single-purpose device to ensure continued productivity regardless user’s clearance level. 
  • Government-grade encryption, AES 256 provides high-level security, meeting numerous industry requirements.
  • Various encryption levels permit for flexible security options without compromising device performance
  • Centrally managed encryption allows for simple SD card removal and replacement.
  • New security patches are readily available through Zebra’s internal response team.
  • Silent updates do not require user authorization to be installed
  • Automatic updates maintain a seamless workflow

DS3608 Android scanning a barcode for Enterprise OS

Pre-installed in all Zebra’s handheld devices, Mx erases extra installation and maintenance cost while giving you dependable and flexible security with minimal interference.

When choosing your new operating system, choose one that enhances your devices’ security, expands control, and boosts assets. Speak with us today to learn how Mx can protect your devices and to start a successful strategy for your migration. 


On average, it takes you less than a second to click a button. That means you could be one second away from getting the latest Zebra technology when you upgrade legacy devices with Avalon Integration through the GO Zebra Trade-In Program. By following three simple steps, modernize with Zebra by adding innovative devices to your team.

1. Purchase the Product:

Step one is to purchase the product

From the rugged mobile computers to industrial printers, Avalon helps you stay updated with the newest technology while getting cashback. Maximize productivity while eliminating the stress of OS migration when you invest in products that

  • Handle harsh environments such as heat, cold, and chemicals
  • Adaptable to new applications and workforce growth
  • Sustain department connectivity through a reliable network
  • Protect sensitive information through government-grade encryption
  • Keep functioning throughout long-shifts

Designed to increase efficiency, devices such as the TC8300 can maximize productivity by 14%, giving you the equivalent of an extra hour of work per day per employee.  But the benefits don’t there. Trading with Avalon gives you the chance to get cashback with two more steps.

2. Submit Your Claim Form:

Step 2 is to Submit a Claim Form

Submit a rebate claim within 90 days of your purchase. This is a simple form that ensures your old device will qualify. Plus, in our mission to promote sustainable technological advancement, Avalon accepts multiple brands in addition to Zebra products. Devices qualify as long as they are similar in operation to the newly purchased item.

3. Trade-in Your Legacy Device to Avalon

Step 3 is to Trade in your Legacy Device

Fuel future change after you submit your claim by sending Avalon your legacy devices for recycling. Help reduce the overwhelming amount of e-waste while cashing in on your new devices. 

Until December 31st, 2019, maximize your profits with Avalon through the GO Zebra Trade-In program and stay ahead of time with quality devices engineered for quality results. Check out the list of eligible devices and contact us for further assistance on how to submit your claim.

In this digital age, technology can be either a bridge to new opportunities or an inconvenient wall of unsolved challenges. Here to break through these walls in Zebra’s new generation of handhelds, the TC57. Engineered for the future, the all-touch computer demolishes boundaries with innovative connectivity that extends well beyond the conventional warehouse. 

Powered with the latest version of Android, the TC57 proves itself to be ready for the future as it prepares for both the eventual OS migration and the increasing need for global connectivity.

TC57 can help with Deliveries in a Truck

Stay connected anywhere, any time with pre-installed WorryFree WiFi, Zebra’s solution to faltering and weak cellular connection that plagues remote workers. Expect exemplar and continuous results from your remote team as the app finds and maintains WiFi regardless of location. Plus, equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 and Public Safety LTE, the TC57 offers multiple connectivity options, making it the most versatile choice for your diverse workforce. 

TC57 Scanning a Delivery

See more and do more, with the TC57’s enhanced camera and display system. Sporting the latest touchscreen technology, screens remain responsive to both gloved fingers and styluses, maintaining functionality in even the harshest environments. Moreover, each device is equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera supporting Visible Light Communication -the latest positioning technology. From video calls to remote repairs, connect your team, clients, and even support team.

Also, each device comes with a 13MP rear-facing color camera, making technical support easier than ever with crisp photos and videos.

TC57 Delivery in Sunlight scanning a box

Rugged from the inside out is the nature of Zebra products, and this handheld is no different. Backed by Zebra’s fortified Android, the TC57 is integrated future-proof technology, extending its lifespan with reliable OS updates and security patches necessary for a more global connection. 

Equipped with PowerPrecision+, monitoring remote devices has become simpler as one single TC57 can track the battery life of up to 10,000 devices, preserving complete functionality. And when replacing battering is finally necessary, count on Warm Swap to change batteries without closing out apps or powering down.

Finally, like any Zebra product, the TC57 breaks the mold with its rugged exterior, making it weather-proof, dust resistant, and scratch-proof. While it resembles consumer cellphones, the TC57 is protected by a unibody that prevents shattered parts and Corning Gorilla Glass securing the touch panel, ideal for warehouse and remote workers alike.

The world may be getting smaller, but ideas are only getting bigger. Reach out today to discover more ways the TC57 expands productivity in, out, and around your workforce. Integrate the most resourceful piece of technology into your diverse team with Avalon Integration.  

With OS Migration lingering on the sidelines, the clock is slowly ticking before your company is faced with an important and time-sensitive decision. Which operating system will you choose when Microsoft ends all support for Windows embedded handheld devices? You have until January 13th, 2020 to think it over…

But what is the right choice? Not all devices make it easy, there’s coding involved, and unnecessary tasks to switch operating systems for the technology your business has chosen to partner with. In an industry where rugged design is apparent, the technology has to be suited to match. Manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, retail, and third-party logistics all seek the same characteristics. With a rugged design as a must, your company will also appreciate a companion that is fast, full of memory, and hooked up with an efficient operating system.

Avalon Recommends the TC8300

Avalon Integration Recommends the TC8300 from Zebra

Avalon Integration supports the Zebra TC8300 with its front-of-the-line technology that is equipped to be called your company’s mobile computer of choice. With an already installed Android operating system, this device makes an easy transition for your company that can better use their time focusing on driving your mission forward, instead of how to better switch operating systems.

The Android 8.1 Oreo operating system is brilliant. Allowing major upgrades and simple changes, it is a perfect choice that will not only keep your company efficient and productive but enhance these qualities even further. This operating system is 2X faster than the original with minimized background activity, autofill, picture-in-picture, and Android instant apps.

That’s Not All

TC8300 Highlights

Not only does Avalon recommend Zebras TC8300 for its spectacular Android operating system, but it also has an excellent CPU that supports advanced artificial intelligence, photography, long battery life, and fast LTE speeds. Packed with the gear to increase productivity, it also aids the process with a sufficient 8GB RAM and a 128GB 3D TLC flash. As an added perk, the touchscreen device also works with gloves on! These are just a few highlights of the Zebra TC8300. You can visit Avalon Integration for the complete list of specs. This device is also a newly added addition to the GO Zebra Trade-In program promoted by Avalon Integration. When purchasing a TC8300, you can receive a $250 cash rebate as long as you trade in a legacy device.

The benefits of trading in your old equipment for an updated device provide your company with extra cash and the opportunity to recycle electronic parts. For more information about the benefits of this program, as well as how to trade in your old device, click here I know, this all sounds too good to be true. But, if you ever wanted to decide where your OS Migration should lead, this is the prime time to make that choice.

When you’re not feeling well, do you go to the doctor and tell him what tests and medications you want? Unless you have medical training, probably not. You seek out a professional when you need advice and an informed “diagnosis”. Problem-solving starts with an assessment. At the fast pace of technology’s advances, you should use the same approach with identifying your business needs.

Quite often, you see offers for a “free consultation” or “free assessment”. Do you ignore them? This is your chance to get valuable insight and to learn about your options. Think of it as a second opinion that either confirms what you suspect (or have been told) or gives you a different viewpoint. Either way, isn’t it a valuable use of your time?

When Avalon Integration offers a free technology assessment, it’s because we know that your business is different than anyone else’s. Your people, processes, and goals are unique to you and your operation. We can’t solve your problem the way we’d address another business’s issues. Sure, we can use our experience and knowledge as a basis for formulating an opinion, but the assessment allows us to dig deeper into how you work, and better understand your challenges and opportunities.

Order-Taker or Problem-Solver

Order Taker and Problem Solver

A (good) doctor wouldn’t necessarily prescribe the exact same treatment to a teenage boy as a mature woman, and the same goes for customizing a solution for a business. The technology that works for your competitor, for example, might be totally wrong for you. They have their own goals, workforce, network, facilities, location, and budget. As a competitor, you work on distinguishing your company from others, and the systems you choose should support that mission.

Consider These Three Scenarios.

Three Scenarios to look out for in your warehouse

You’ve been using Microsoft Windows Mobile for your enterprise operating system, and you know the support is ending, so you reach out to a couple of “technology providers” to figure out what to do.

One tells you that they can provide support for Windows so you don’t have to go through OS migration. They tell you, “We’ve done this for lots of people.” Another company says they can handle the migration and will get you everything you need.

A third one doesn’t offer a solution, but instead starts the conversation with a lot of questions. What are you using for primary apps? What legacy devices do you have and how old are they? Are you paying licensing fees for your software? What functions do you rely on most? Does your wireless network currently support your users, apps, and hardware?

The first company is an order-taker. You tell them what you want and they comply. The second one uses a cookie-cutter approach.

Avalon Integration Is Here to Give You an Assessment

Avalon integration is here to give you a free assessment

The last one—let’s call them “Avalon Integration”—is assessing the situation.

When a business offers you a free assessment, take it. You have no obligation to give them your business. They need to earn it. And the action of letting them show you how they approach problem-solving will provide useful insight into their value as a lasting partner.

So, Avalon Integration is offering a free assessment. We might be able to help you improve your operational efficiency or address your other goals. And we might tell you with all honesty that you’re already in great shape. We’re not going to sell you what you don’t need. When you’re ready for an honest evaluation, contact us to schedule it.

If you ever wonder how much value something has to your life, consider what happens when you lose it. The power goes out and suddenly you can’t get your Internet connection, use the microwave, television, or—oh no!—charge up your electronics. What do you do when you can’t find your phone? Stop everything! So, with the importance of all the gadgets, gizmos, and connections that keep your business running, how do you choose a technology partner company? Is it a provider, problem-solver, or partner? Avalon Integration has some suggestions. You have a lot of choices for a technology provider, so before you jump onto one—because it’s familiar or has great prices—stop and think about the role that this company is going to play.

The Provider

A Technology Partner providing help with various resources to clients

We hear this term used a lot, and there’s value to having a solid provider. This company is readily available to get you the products you need. They have a wide range of items to choose from and can fill your order promptly and accurately.

The Provider offers quick turnaround, maybe same-day shipping. That’s definitely valuable for those emergencies when you’re faced with downtime. The clock keeps ticking until you have the devices, supplies, or get things up and running.

This role also requires someone with in-depth product knowledge. You should be able to rely on them to find the specific thing you need, even if you don’t quite know it yourself. You can describe the features and functions you’re looking for, and the Provider’s knowledge of their inventory will quickly match you to the right selection.

Before choosing a Provider, learn the products they carry and the level of partnerships they maintain with the manufacturers because these connections impact the products you can access and the programs that your Provider can offer. Also, find out about policies for delivery, returns, special orders, and warranties.

The Problem-Solver

A Problem Solver helping a client with code

When you’re faced with a challenge and don’t have a palatable answer, you rely on a Problem-solver. Like a SWAT team, this company is called in to assess the issue and efficiently deliver a solution. You need a company that responds quickly and has the technical support in place to deal with your situation, both on-site and remotely.

A problem can be as simple as identifying why certain barcode labels aren’t printing correctly to deploying RFID to improve asset tracking or upgrading a network for better connections in a dynamic environment, like a warehouse, plant, or distribution center.

The Problem-solver is well-schooled in technology and agile enough to respond quickly when you call for help. A reliable Problem-solver has a diverse network of reliable resources to call on, like a well-stocked toolkit.

When choosing a Problem-solver, you need to know about that network. What can this company provide you to support the services you need? Learn how quickly you can expect a response and guarantees for the work provided.

The Partner

Technology Partner talking to clients in a meeting

A true Partner fulfills the roles of Provider and Problem-solver and more. While those are reactive sources, a Partner is proactive. Your technology partnership is built on trust in the company’s ability to understand your business as an individual, getting to know the processes and the people. The Partner invests in gaining this knowledge in order to offer suggestions, prevent problems, and guide you to achieve goals. A Partner opens your eyes to opportunities that you might not otherwise see.

For example, a Partner would have advised you of the importance of OS Migration and presented a strategy before you had to ask.

A Partner would visit your facility to explore how things are running, talk to the workers to gauge their productivity, and then give you suggestions for improvements that would deliver a rapid return on investment.

Take Your Pick for the Right Technology Partner!

At Avalon Integration, we focus on building lasting partnerships. We might start because you need a provider to get your products or services. But we hope you’ll soon discover that we are much more. Our team of experienced pros is committed to the company vision of proactively supporting our clients. We ask questions to make sure your technology is serving you to the best ability. We try to look ahead so that we can circumvent a problem before it escalates.

With Avalon Integration as your technology partner, you don’t have to ask if your devices come fully configured or with the latest version of the OS. You don’t need to wonder whether or not we can handle your wireless network growth or process challenges. That’s what we do. Pick up the phone and you’ll talk to a person—your partner.

We’re here for the long haul, an extension of your project team. Let’s get started now and talk about the partner that provides what you need, solves your problems, and proactively supports your goals.

Simply put, if you currently use any Windows Operating System other than Windows 10 or Azure IoT for your enterprise devices, you will need to migrate to another operating system even if it’s to a newer Windows OS to be prepped for the upcoming OS Migration.

A challenge – yes – and maybe an opportunity. The entire debate begins with Microsoft appearing to throw in the towel on windows phones – they are not just cutting support for older iterations but they seem to be giving up on the Windows phone. Enterprise users will need to find alternatives and plan strategies that move their businesses forward.

OS Migration Schedule

OS Migration Schedule

Here is the schedule for Windows OS withdrawal from the rugged enterprise market.

Operating System General Support Ends Extended Support Ends
Windows Embedded Compact 7 Ended April 13, 2021
Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 Ended January 13, 2020
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Ended Ended
Windows Embedded Handheld 8.1 July 9, 2019 N/A
Others (CE 5.0, WM 5.0, WM 6.1, WM 6.5, WEHH 8.0) Ended Ended

Windows’ dilemma affects 15 million mobile enterprise computers— approximately 90% of the enterprise computing market and the impact will be felt across all industries.

No more security patches. No more updates.

For some, the search for a suitable OS began as soon as the announcement was made. Sooner or later everyone using the older Windows OS will need to find a new one and migrate their apps.

What are the options?

  1. Continue with Windows, without security updates. You’ll be risking your network to malware and eventually, your productivity will suffer as devices go down and can’t be serviced.
  2. Rewrite your apps to fit Windows 10 and IoT. Your users still need to learn a new interface even as you invest in rewriting apps.
  3. Move to a different operating system, like Android or iOS. Yes, you rewrite apps, but you move to viable Operating Systems that users know well.

Android or iOS?

TC20 - OS Migration

Most of your workforce is already very familiar with Android. 85% of consumer and enterprise mobile devices currently in use run on Android; 14% run iOS. It’s pretty clear these are the two most likely choices – Android and iOS.

There are plusses and minuses to each. Android offers a much larger population of software developers, but it has suffered in the past from security issues associated with its open-source platform. If, as it appears now, that problem has been resolved, Android would present a distinct advantage over iOS. Also, iOS is only available for consumer-grade Apple devices. They are enormously popular with consumers but don’t have nearly the enterprise-level features of durability, scanning, and computing that Android offers. 

An Enterprise Android Solution for OS Migration

OS Migration - DNA Mobility

Zebra has deep Android experience and created a solution that is gaining a lot of traction among enterprise users. Zebra’s Powerful Mobility Extensions (Mx) and Mobility DNA Solutions overcome security issues and create robust management capabilities to meet the needs of the modern enterprise user.

With the Zebra overlays, Android looks like the OS leader in enterprise-ready devices. Your data is secure. The OS is eminently flexible and customizable. Android’s familiar interface makes it easy for almost every member of the workforce to use and it’s affordable. And Zebra’s commitment to enterprise mobility offers an opportunity to substantially upgrade performance once you’ve made a plan to migrate to Android.

You have important choices to make if you’re using Windows CE/Embedded. Migrate now or wait until you no longer have security patches to protect your network. In future blogs, we’ll take up, in more detail, the impact of the OS Migration as well as where and when to migrate to a new operating system.

Avalon Integration can help you evaluate your current situation and guide you to the strategic transition that will deliver the best results for your company. Talk to us to steer your migration along a smart route.