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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP 346

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BUL2294 writes "95% of the world's ATM machines are still running Windows XP and banks are already purchasing extended support agreements from Microsoft. (some of the affected ATMs are running XP Embedded, which has a support lifecycle until January, 2016). 'Microsoft is selling custom tech support agreements that extend the life of Windows XP, although the cost can soar quickly—multiplying by a factor of five in the second year, says Korala. JPMorgan is buying a one-year extension and will start converting its machines to Windows 7 in July; about 3,000 of its 19,000 ATMs need enhancements before the process can begin...'"
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

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  • by iYk6 (1425255) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @09:01PM (#45981517)
  • by Mateo_LeFou (859634) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @09:07PM (#45981555) Homepage

    Windows XP is the only operating system stable & secure enough to handle sensitive transactions such as cash dispensing.

  • yes, but... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 16, 2014 @09:14PM (#45981589)

    "95% of the world's ATM machines are still running Windows XP

    Yes, but what about the *automatic* ATM machines? Those are the ones I most am concerned about.

  • Go to 8 (Score:5, Funny)

    by cosm (1072588) <thecosm3NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday January 16, 2014 @09:15PM (#45981595)
    To hell with 7. Please put Windows 8 on the ATMs instead! I already love how ATMs do a wonderful job of selecting the wrong option for me after finally getting the card to take, only to then take me into the Spanish menu, spitting out a receipt, and then not accepting my card again while the line forms behind me! Metro can only enhance this lovely experience! Hell, add a kinect to it so when I flip it a golden salute it recognizes my input and doubles the ATM fee! Gotta keep up with the bank's great customer service these days!
  • by dantotheman (2887483) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @09:31PM (#45981671)

    Maybe they do now, but the ATMs in question are so old they are running a 12 year old OS. Do you happen to remember the state of HTML and web browsers 12 years ago? I'll give you a hint. They certainly didn't support SVG then.

    HTML/SVG tend to be sandboxed to some extent... ditto for JavaScript... how do you propose your HTML based ATM interact with the card reader, cash dispenser, receipt printer or deposit slot?

    ATMs are more than just a touch screen with a UI.

    ActiveX controls running in IE 7

    shiver...

  • by Jeremiah Cornelius (137) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @09:34PM (#45981687) Homepage Journal
  • by Art Challenor (2621733) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @09:42PM (#45981733)
    I was thinking this one: http://xkcd.com/463/ [xkcd.com]
  • Re:Go to 8 (Score:5, Funny)

    by 404 Clue Not Found (763556) * on Thursday January 16, 2014 @11:39PM (#45982321)

    From actually using Windows 8, what would likely happen is this: You'd get to the screen to select a withdrawal amount, and there would be no preset value buttons, just a text box. You wait, and wait, and then realize you're supposed to click on that textbox. An on-screen keyboard pops up and obscures the text box, but there's no numbers to enter. You search for the alt input button and finally type in the buttons, but then there's no Done button to be found because it's hidden under the onscreen keyboard. You eventually figure out that you can swipe the keyboard down and away, but in doing so you accidentally touched the CLEAR button underneath it, so you have to repeat the process all over again.

    Not wanting to repeat this nightmare the next time you use the machine, you try to find the option to set your Fast Cash preferences for next time. You find an options button, push it, and the entire screen turns a pretty shade of blue with an ugly little upsampled flash loading animation twirling around the middle. You push the screen a few more times, it doesn't register the click, but eventually it loads and you've noticed that you're finally in the Options screen -- in Spanish. You ask somebody in line behind you to help you translate it, and eventually you change it back to English.

    At this point you just want your card back, but all that's left on the screen is that stupid text box again. There's no Done or Quit button. You madly touch the screen from various angles, with various numbers of fingers, until you accidentally swipe some mysterious portion of it and then suddenly an extended options bar pops up asking if you want to share your transaction with Facebook. No, you just want your god damned card back. So you keep swiping, and somehow you end up in the Windows Store. You manage to back out if it, but only by accidentally switching to Desktop Mode, and now you can't switch back because the taskbar is hidden by CRT overscan. It's a machine from the early 2000s, after all.

    You start crying and walk away in frustration. The guy behind you, one of four happy Windows 8 users, walks you through the process of swiping down, down, down from the top until you finally close the app and get your card back. Sobbing by now, you give him a great big hug and try to swipe him a 20 in gratitude, but he rejects it and instead gives you his well-worn personal copy of Windows 8 ATMs for Dummies.

    You live happily ever after.

  • Re: Price? (Score:2, Funny)

    by dbIII (701233) on Thursday January 16, 2014 @11:39PM (#45982325)
    Face it kid, linux is so mainstream these days that even Haliburton not only use it but sell software to run on it.
    If you are object to being called "kid" then I suggest not acting like one.

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