For Microsoft, The Threat Of ATMs Moving To Linux Is Very Real

If you thought the 29 percent of Windows XP user base overall was a thing of terror, chew on this. Around 95 percent of the ATMs in the world are said to be still running the old operating system.

And while a number of banks and financial institutions have already started their migration process to a new operating system, a few are in talk with Microsoft about the possibility of purchasing extended support for the platform.

There is a third group, too, however — one that is entertaining more radical thoughts.

According to this report over at Computerworld, there are some ATM operators that are considering moving from Windows XP to Linux.

This, they are said to be doing to not only obtain better control over the machines but also being able to better synchronize their hardware and software upgrade cycles. Without being forced by Microsoft do to it, that is, with each new version of Windows.

In the words of David Tente, USA executive director of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA):

“There is some heartburn in the industry. Some are looking at the possibility of using a non-Microsoft operating system to synch up their hardware and software upgrades.”

Estimates say that approximately 60 percent of ATMs in the United States will not be moved to a newer and supported version of Windows by the April 8 cutoff date.

Consumers and businesses moving away from Windows to Linux is one of the biggest threats facing Microsoft right now, and while the company would want to avoid seeing a shift like this taking place, it remains to be seen what steps it takes in this regard.

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