Financial Firms Prepare for Windows XP’s Exit by Looking on Linux and Windows 7

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Financial firms are starting to look for something to replace their outdated Windows XP installations. This unsurprising move is a testament to the operating system?s staying power and the financial circles?s certain conservatism. If you are wondering what operating systems they are considering, these financial organizations are looking to Linux and Windows 7.

Microsoft Ends XP Support for Businesses on April

Windows XP has served homes and businesses for over 12 years, but Microsoft has decided to cut the service on April 8 this year. The software giant will no longer provide technical support or even security updates for the operating system. Users wanting to stay with their beloved XP OS are at risk of getting malware exploitations and data loss. Microsoft suggests that customers and partners ?migrate? to a more recent operating system like Windows 8.1 or the Windows 7.

The tech company urges users to contact their Microsoft sales representative or Certified Microsoft Partner. If the PC cannot accommodate the new operating systems, it is advisable to purchase a new one with the latest OS. Most computers, especially those for home use, are not compatible to run the most recent operating systems.

XP Powers 95% of ATMs Worldwide


Windows XP currently serves nearly 95 percent of ATMs around the world, according to ComputerWorld reporter Jaikumar Vijayan. The said OS was a popular choice for ATMs and embedded systems for over the decade due to countless references to the infamous Blue Screen of Death. New ATM operating systems must comply with the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.

Hardware updates may also be necessary to upgrade the ATMs to the new OSes like Windows 7. Financial organizations consider Linux as a solid choice since it is open. However, it could be more pressing to update every single ATM and POS terminal in the United States. Financial firms could still run their old machines for a few more months, or even years. Despite pleas to maintain support for Windows XP, Microsoft still intends to pull the plug on the OS, which pushes these companies to come up with a tough decision soon. On a lighter note, BsoDs could become a thing of the past.

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