ATMs Should Skip Windows 8, Upgrading to Windows 10 Recommends the ATM Industry Association

 Wednesday, 5 August 2015

 Prepaid News

The latest iteration of Microsoft’s long-standing operating system, Windows 10, will release later this month and offers users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 a free upgrade to make the switch to it, including ATM machine operators.

In a position paper from the ATMIA trade group, recommendations have been made to its members and vendors to upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches later this year, skipping over Windows 8 altogether.

A significant number ATMs throughout Europe and the US operate on Windows 7 or Windows XP, an OS that is no longer supported by Microsoft, leaving it wide open to potential attacks and vulnerability. Back in March last year, which is when Microsoft ceased providing support to Windows XP, approximately 95% of all ATMs worldwide used the operating system.

ATMIA recommendations state that machines that currently run on Windows 7 should wait for the release of Windows 10 this year, skipping Windows 8 altogether.

The paper from ATMIA also works to highlight the benefits of migrating ATMs from Windows 7, Windows CE or Windows XP to Windows 10, with the primary of these benefits being increased protection against cyberattacks and malware. Upgrading now will also give ATMs access to intermittent service backs which will also aid in giving the machines better security.

The bulk of ATMs were upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 when Microsoft pulled support for the operating system, however, and despite Microsoft committed to providing support to Windows 7 until 2020, ATMIA CEO Mike Lee believes that people shouldn’t wait until support ends for Windows 7 before upgrading to Windows 10.

ATMIA CEO, Mike Lee, said “ATM deployers should start their 2020 migration without delay,”

“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.” he added.

Members who wish to opt for an alternative to Windows 10 are recommended to look a Linux or Android ATM solution, as per the ATMIA recommendations.