While Windows XP has reached end of life, it still has about 8% market share, more than Vista and Windows 8 combined. Released in 2001, Windows XP has reached EOL in 2014, but the Embedded Service Pack 3 has lost the support on the 12th of January 2016.
Despite not receiving updates, millions of ATMs are still using the embedded version of Windows XP and this is a security issue. But recently, the ATMs have started upgrading to Windows 10, Diebold Nixdorf being the first company to do that.
The company has shipped ATMs with Windows 10-compatible processors, so the upgrade can be successfully done, without having to replace the hardware components.
The other ATM vendors did not announce when they will switch to Windows 10, but it’s expected this to happen, due to the fact that Microsoft is struggling to make all the users adopt their newest operating system.
If you ask me, it is a very big step forward to upgrade to Windows 10, because it brings a lot of security fixes and closes many exploits discovered in Windows XP. Some antivirus vendors, like Immunet or Avast! still provide support for older systems, but Windows 10 is built with security in mind.