If you’re using an ATM, and most of us are, chances are that it is running Windows. And in most of the cases, it’s not even the most recent version of it, but something as dangerous as Windows XP. Luckily, this is about to change.
Most of us are acquainted with the commercial versions of Windows which are aimed at personal users, but as we know, Microsoft makes a lot of money from its Windows Embedded products, as well. One of the areas where the software is being used is in ATM machines.
And now, according to a fresh report coming from the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA), it seems that ATMs running on older versions of Windows will be upgraded to Windows 10 when it becomes available. This should seriously improve the security and protect the machines even better. CEO Mike Lee said the following:
ATM deployers should start their 2020 migration without delay, as ATM hardware purchased now will still be in use when support for Windows 7 OS ends in that year. This means terminals would need to be upgradeable and compatible with the next big operating system. It’s important to know which ATM configurations are going to be Windows 10 compatible. For those deployers seeking alternatives, the association has a Next Generation ATM Architecture
At the moment, the currently deployed versions of Windows include Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows CE. Vendors of Windows XP based ATMs are required to upgrade to at least Windows 7 as waiting for the Windows 10 release is an imminent risk. Besides Windows 10, ATMIA is also looking at alternative ATM architectures that may support Linux or Android.