Majority of ATMs still run Windows XP

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March 17, 2014
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The end of support for Windows XP—scheduled to officially occur on April 8, 2014—has been in the works for some time. Last year, this blog reported that Microsoft planned to finally stop providing updates and technical assistance to users of the 13-year-old operating system.

At this point, it is probably wise for those who are still using Windows XP to upgrade to newer operating systems, like Windows 7 or Windows 8. However, for some devices, this will be difficult.

For example, Reuters recently reported that 95 percent of the 2.2 million ATMs in the world still run Windows XP, and the vast majority of them will not be upgraded in time.

It is true that, for these devices, Microsoft is going to make an exception to its decision to end support. The News source reported that these ATMs will still receive security updates as needed, provided that the banks that own them strike deals with Microsoft to pay for the service. This is an expensive prospect. For example, the five largest banks in the U.K. are currently negotiating deals that will cost each bank about $100 million each.

Why are banks behind on this important change? Part of it has to do with the financial crisis and its aftermath, which captured much of the available attention in the banking world.

“They were probably not very serious about the directive that came in from Microsoft,” Sridhar Athreya, head of SunGard Consulting, told Reuters. “There’s a lot of change going on at these banks at this moment in time and they would have seen Windows XP as one more change.”

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