Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2014 22:58 UTC

Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.

Pushing them in that direction apparently is Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP on April 8, said David Tente, executive director, USA, of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA).

"There is some heartburn in the industry" over Microsoft's end-of-support decision, Tente said.

Say what you want about Microsoft, but when it comes to clear and well-communicated support cycles, they belong at the very top. This is the ATMIA's own fault for not properly getting ready for the future even though XP's EOL has been known years and years in advance, and has even been extended a few times.

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ATM support still available
by Bobthearch on Mon 24th Mar 2014 03:48 UTC
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Bank ATMs use Windows XP Embedded, which is supported until 2016.

Banks will also continue to use Windows XP for other functions. The only difference, they'll have to pay extra for support contracts.

Apparently some banks need three more years to finish the migration to Windows 7:

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RE: ATM support still available
by tingo on Mon 24th Mar 2014 14:34 in reply to "ATM support still available"
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XP Embedded isn't used everywhere. Many ATM's in Norway use "normal" XP, not XP Embedded.

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Most of the recent 'news' articles don't specify, so I wonder what % of cash registers and ATMs are on Embedded XP, and what % are running standard XP?

This article for example from Australia:

With less than 20 days to go before Microsoft ends support for the 13-year-old platform on April 8, millions of machines including 95 per cent of the world's ATMs are still running on it.

About 30 per cent of Australian computers still run on XP

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