Windows 10 is slated to launch on July 29 in 190 markets and will be a free upgrade for users of Microsoft’s older, dated operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8. Maybe little known to the public though a bulk of these machines are actually automated teller machines. As with a lot of business computer networks it is usually common to see machines running operation systems generations behind infact, many are just now upgrading away from Windows XP to Windows 7. Windows XP allowed for rock solid performance for the tasks the computers preformed due to it having pretty much all it’s issues patched out during its supported lifespan. The ATM Industry Association whom is a trade group of businesses and financial institutions is breaking the normal and already suggesting that it’s members upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as it becomes available.
It is important to note that Windows 7 support will fully end in 2020 and Microsoft will cease to provide updates and patch fixes for what will then be a legacy operating system like so many before it. ATMIA CEO Mike Lee says he sees no reason to wait that long to upgrade past their new and current OS and that “ATM deployers should start their 2020 migration without delay.” Also state by him was that “It’s important to know which ATM configurations are going to be Windows 10 compatible.”
It should save trouble in the future and should let users rest easy knowing that their money is being handled by software developed in 2015 instead of 2001. Yes some ATM machines still run Windows XP and havent considered an upgrade, surprisingly. Linux or Android powered ATMs could also be developed and tested the release had suggested. Linux seems like an interesting test platform due to it’s strong ties to Unix, the worlds most robust reliable operating system that is still in use all over the world.
To review the full paper outlining the ATM association’s position in PDF format click here.