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Motorola Solutions Developing Windows 8 Handheld Device

Motorola Solutions Inc. plans to introduce a rugged handheld computer based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 software, providing an alternative to laptops for police, factory employees and other blue-collar workers.

Motorola Solutions is developing a number of devices with the so-called embedded version of the new Windows 8 operating system, Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown said today in an interview. The planned tablet-style device, which has a keypad and resembles gadgets used in inventory management, will be available in the second half of 2013 or early 2014, he said.