Juniper Systems introduced Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 for the Mesa Rugged Notepad. This latest operating system version includes operating system updates from Microsoft, several new features requested by customers, and other various improvements. The new operating system is now shipping on new Mesa Rugged Notepads and is available to download for all existing Mesa Rugged Notepads on the Juniper Systems website.
“As senior product manager at Juniper Systems, I am constantly looking for ways to further improve our rugged handheld computers and enhance the data collection experience for our customers,” said John Florio. “This new operating system upgrade for the Mesa includes several new user-requested features and I believe the Mesa is now better positioned to lead the rugged handheld industry as the most rugged and unique mobile device on the market.”
One of the most significant changes to the operating system is the renaming of Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 to Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, solidifying the commitment by Microsoft to this platform. Additionally, Microsoft® Office Mobile has been upgraded to Office Mobile 2010 and supports Office 2010 file formats for simplified compatibility.
New additions and feature enhancements have been added, including the new finger-friendly “Mega Keys” on-screen keyboard with larger keys and more special characters available. This keyboard is specially designed to run on the Mesa and is available to use in any text-entry field. The GPS function of the Mesa has been improved to allow enabling/disabling of WAAS/SBAS corrections, as well as an increased GPS breadcrumb trail point size to 36,000 points. The integrated camera application now allows users to emboss the image file name directly on to the photo and to embed a user note into an image file. Portuguese (Brazil version) has been added as an available language on the new Mesa operating system.
The Mesa Rugged Notepad is a rugged handheld computer designed for dedicated field data collection in extreme environments. Described as featuring the combined advantages of a handheld computer and a tablet PC without the disadvantages of either, the Mesa’s large 5.7 inch display and compact design create the ultimate, one-of-a-kind data collection companion.