News | January 13, 2014

Panasonic Announces Future Product Expansion With Microsoft Windows Embedded 8 Handheld At NRF2014 EXPO

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a leading provider of retail technology solutions, today 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.

“Our collaboration with Panasonic to deliver Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices is a key element in delivering the power of Windows Phone 8 to enterprises in handheld devices designed for industry specific scenarios,” said Garrett Clarke, Senior Product Manager of Windows Embedded Handheld at Microsoft. “From security and manageability to application compatibility across devices, the Windows Embedded 8 Handheld platform combined with Panasonic’s innovative device portfolio and tools will support end to end integrated solutions for enterprises as they drive their businesses into the future.”

“Together with Microsoft, Panasonic will 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,” said Rance Poehler, President, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “These future handheld devices running the Windows Embedded 8 Handheld platform will continue to connect customers, retailers and employees with the information they need to drive better outcomes – best-in-class customer experience, increased sales and improved productivity.”

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.

For more information about Panasonic’s retail technology solutions, visit:http://www.panasonic.com/business-solutions/retail-solutions.asp.

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*World’s lightest and thinnest 7” Fully-rugged Windows tablet as of Jan. 14, 2014 (standard configuration)

Panasonic Solutions for Business

Panasonic delivers reliable business technology solutions that connect data with decision makers to drive better outcomes—for our customers and our customers’ customers. Panasonic engineers reliable products and solutions that help to create, capture and deliver data of all types, where, when and how it is needed. The complete suite of Panasonic professional solutions for government and commercial enterprises of all sizes addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, visual communications (projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD video production. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

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About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In Interbrand’s 2013 Annual “Best Global Green Brands” report, the Panasonic brand ranked number four, the highest ranked electronics brand in the report (http://bit.ly/17ezCDI). As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility built to meet LEED certification standards, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. Learn more about Panasonic at www.panasonic.com.

SOURCE: Panasonic Corporation of North America

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