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.
Even though it’s “their own fault”, in the end they came to the right conclusion – Microsoft is not needed for making operating systems for ATMs.
Edited 2014-03-23 23:25 UTC
1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
2. MS doesn’t have any current offerings that fit the ATM market
Edited 2014-03-23 23:30 UTC