Panasonic Announces Future Product Expansion with Microsoft Windows Embedded 8 Handheld at NRF2014 EXPO

  Panasonic Announces Future Product Expansion with Microsoft Windows Embedded
  8 Handheld at NRF2014 EXPO

NRF 103rd Annual Convention & EXPO

Business Wire

NEWARK, N.J. -- January 13, 2014

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

“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 Windows 8.1 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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*World’s lightest and thinnest 7” Fully-rugged Windows tablet as of Jan. 14,
2014 (standard configuration)

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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 ( 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
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