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Which barcode scanners on the market support the Win8.1 POS API?

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  • Are there any out there? One that not simple paste the scanned barcode in the current active input field, but suppore the POS Barcode API of Windows 8.1?
    Friday, August 29, 2014 4:12 PM

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  • Hi pkursawe,

    Yes, I agree, we cannot afford to spend money just for test purpose. 

    I cannot find more lists that really fulfill your question requirement. However I consulted with some senior engineers and it looks like you may need contact the device manufacturer to see if their device are supported in Windows Store App.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    --James


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    Friday, September 05, 2014 1:07 AM
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  • Hi pkursawe,

    As I know here are the list: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/CompatCenter/ProductViewerWithDefaultFilters?TempOsid=Windows%208.1&Locale=en-us&Architecture=X64&TextSearch=barcode%2Bscanners%2B&Type=Both&CurrentPage=0&TotalPages=1&ShowCriteria=0&SortCriteria=Relevance&Compatibility=Unknown&LastRequested=14

    Is this what you need?

    --James


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    Monday, September 01, 2014 8:40 AM
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  • Thanks, I found this list before. Yet it does not say if those scanners support the POS API. They might "just work" with Win8, which almost all Windows 7 compat. Scanners do.
    Monday, September 01, 2014 8:50 AM
  • If we click into the item, we should be able to see following content, why do you think it might "just work" but not fully support?

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    Monday, September 01, 2014 9:05 AM
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  • How can we know "compatible" means, it registers itself as a POS device? Its nowhere mentioned. Based on only that, I cannot afford to spend hundreds of $ to buy such scanner and find out.
    Monday, September 01, 2014 9:45 AM
  • Hi pkursawe,

    Yes, I agree, we cannot afford to spend money just for test purpose. 

    I cannot find more lists that really fulfill your question requirement. However I consulted with some senior engineers and it looks like you may need contact the device manufacturer to see if their device are supported in Windows Store App.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    --James


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    Friday, September 05, 2014 1:07 AM
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  • Once again, I have to ask. Device manufactures don't have a clue it seems.

    What Bluetooth Profile a scanner needs to provide to be recognized by the Bluetooth POS API?

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:47 PM
  • This is not very helpful at all. I'm in the same predicament as pkursawe.  I'm trying to use the Windows.Devices.PointOfService.BarcodeScanner API, along with the barcode scanning sample.  I've tried two different barcode scanners, and neither is recognized. When attached, they do not appear in device manager as POS devices. They appear as USB HID devices, but not POS devices, even when configured as USB HID (not keyboard). I believe this is why the GetDefaultAsync() call returns null. 

    The MagneticStripeReader API works fine with both IDTECH and MagTek. Those devices appear in device manager as POS devices.

    So, I have to ask as well, have any barcode scanners ever actually worked for anyone? And if so, which?

    Friday, December 12, 2014 3:41 PM