ATMs Are still Running Out Of Date Windows XP: Almost all ATMs in the world are running the Windows XP operating system, Microsoft introduced 13 years ago and very out of date, and any technology enthusiast will tell you.
On April 8 , Microsoft will officially end technical support for the aging operating system , which was replaced in 2007 by Windows Vista, Windows 7 in 2009, Windows 8 Windows in 2012 and 8.1 in 2013.
“A lot of ATMs will have either improved their components or be completely ruled out and sold in the secondary market or just junk,” said Suzanne Cluckey, the editor of ATM Marketplace, a news site serving industry.
If the ATM is not updated, it will continue to function, experts said. Withdrawals, deposits and other transactions will work as they did before.
However, the machines will be more vulnerable to cyber Rober wielding malware and other attacks as time passes.
Some of these aging machines will be upgraded to Windows 7, the operating system-created by Microsoft 4 years ago, instead of the much newer versions on the computers of today.
But few ATMs are even capable of that , said Aravinda Korala, CEO of software provider KAL ATM. “The ATM world is not really ready and that’s not unusual,” he told Bloomberg. “ATMs are moving more slowly than the PC.” According to Korala, only 15 percent of ATMs in the United States will be ported to Windows 7 by the April 8 deadline.
Some banks said they were working on upgrades or buying 1 year extensions. Updates to ATM can cost thousands if new parts are required.
But here’s the problem: Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015 however and extended support runs 5 years only.
In other words, the ATM industry is struggling to put the software can be a few miles down the road and this issue just occur again.
And that’s something you can count on. Now really is the time to upgrade from Windows XP if you have not already. Although Microsoft extended support for its security products Windows XP until July 2015, the company has warned that “the effectiveness of anti malware solutions on out of support operating systems is limited.”
There is some good news and bad news about this. On the plus side , Bloomberg Businessweek says the most advanced fleets of ATMs should be able to upgrade their equipment to a new version of Windows through its network.
Older ATMs, however, still have to have a new version of Windows installed, one by one, which means that technicians will be making many trips to various convenience stores this spring to ensure that updates are as provisions.
“My bank operates an ATM that looks like it should be 20 years old, and there’s no way that can support Windows 7,” Suzanne Cluckey, publisher of the trade publication ATM market, says Bloomberg Businessweek . “A lot of ATMs will need to either have their current or be discarded altogether and sold in aftermarket components or just junk.”