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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Concluding XP getting Stronger by the Day @ Banks & ATMs still swear by it.

1.   Microsoft XP...the OS that was a milestone and turning point for the Microsoft company in many ways was given 8 Apr 2014 as the last date of survival ie after about 14 years of being in business, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. So PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected...but is it that easy for a typical user to just see off XP and take on a newer OS?....leave aside the typical user ...would it be possible for the corporates to do it so easily???...alass!!! NAAA....


2.  Microsoft though had given early warnings as early as 2007 about the end of life support for XP OS, but in fact the surprising fact coming up vide various sources is that currently most bank machines (95% of ATMs in the world) use Microsoft XP (OS) in their cash machines and with the date nearing fast it seems like herculean to replace all as per the time line.So after repeated request from across the globe from leading bank vendors including big UK banks such as Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland etc ,Microsoft has agreed to provide antimalware signatures for the operating system through July 15, 2015 and just for info that’s not the same as software patches, but does help consumer and business security programs identify malware on the system. The original end of support date of April 8, 2014 still stands. Even for this the banks might pay up to $100 million (KES. 8.5 billion) each to keep their Windows XP support, combined with the costs to upgrade their ATMs to a more recent version of the OS. Microsoft does offer what it calls “Custom Support” for large business that includes updates for legacy programs....

3.   Thus XP , though will be soon bidding bye for all home users but the fact is that it has proved it self yet again in terms of the swollen dependency that too pan global...that only proves yet again that XP still has a large large following.....

1 comments:

  1. remember our trip to infosys campus....heck most PCs were running on xp lol

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